Monday, March 21, 2011

The Moon and beyond

I sure hope you've taken a moment to get outside tonight or on recent evenings. The Moon, being the closest to earth it has been in 18 years, looks amazing. I was outside an hour ago and the moon peeked out behind some trees - it took me by surprise for a second!

The video below does a good job of showing the moon against landscape - giving this unique happening a sense of scale and perspective.

As for the Beyond - if you've read Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time' you'll recall that there are an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the universe. Each galaxy has an estimated 100 billion stars. Just read a cool piece today. It seems that our galaxy (Milky Way) has about 300 billion stars with 50 billion planets. Of these 500 million exist in the not-too-cold, not-too-hot areas.

Happy sky-gazing!


  1. Great video there. I really wish I were able to see the moon that night...

    Anyhoo, mainly stopped by to let you know that your blog was selected as the Blog of the Week on the Newfoundland Labrador Blogroll this week. Hopefully it helps find you some additional readers. Best wishes on your bloggin' adventure!

  2. Thanks so much Stephen! It was an amazing moon.
    Really glad to be on NL Blog Roll and thanks so much for highlighting this blog.