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Hi Folks:

For your EME info, here's a post that has been floating around via the


Russ Tillman, K5NRK


 > Subject: RE: December 22, 1999
 > Something to look forward to on December 22, 1999.
 > This year will be the first full moon to occur on the winter
 > solstice, Dec. 22nd, commonly called the first day of winter.
 > Since a full moon on the winter solstice occurs in conjunction
 > with a lunar perigee (point in the moon's orbit that is closest to 
 > Earth), the moon will appear about 14% larger than it does at apogee (the
 > point in it's elliptical orbit that is farthest from the Earth).  Since
 > the Earth is also several million miles closer to the sun at this time of
 > the year than in the summer, sunlight striking the moon is about 7%
 > stronger making it brighter.  Also, this will  be the closest perigee of
 > the Moon of the year since the moon's orbit is constantly deforming.  If
 > the weather is clear and there is a snow over where you live, it is
 > believed that even car headlights will be superfluous.
 > On December 21st, 1866 the Lakota Sioux took advantage of this
 > combination of occurrences and staged a devastating retaliatory ambush on
 > soldiers in the Wyoming Territory.
 > In laymen's terms it will be a super bright full moon, much,
 > more than the usual AND it hasn't happened this way for 133 years!
 > Our ancestors 133 years ago saw this.  Our descendants 100 or so
 > years from now will see this again.
 > I hope someone else might find this interesting!
 > Remember this will happen December 22, 1999.....

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