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 Something to look forward to on December 22, 1999.

This year will be the first full moon to occur in 133 years 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
cover 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.

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