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Originally posted by Umbra Sideralis
Last night, here in Portugal, i was smoking in the window at 2 AM, and i noticed how more bright and white it was.
I was forced to look away after2 to 5 seconds, because it starts to hurt my eyes also!
In 40 Years of life, it is the first time the Moon hurts my eyes, like the Sun, just to look to it!
Originally posted by nataylor
reply to post by Solasis
And the atmospheric conditions were exactly the same between last night and the night before? And you looked exactly 24 hours and 29 minutes after the night before so the moon was in the same position in the sky? And you measured the luminous flux both nights and found last night's value to be less?
Originally posted by dbloch7986
This is interesting. Take a look here and see how high up the moon is above the Earth's equator (don't know the technical term). Maybe its reflecting more sunlight because less of the Earth is shadowing it right now. I know the moon wobbles in orbit on a north-south pattern (along the Earth's vertical axis). Link
Okay forever let my momentary lapse of reason be enshrined in this post. That was dumb of me. Clearly the Moon is just below the equator because the nothern hemisphere is leaning towards the sun because its summer. Fail.