Saturday, March 19, 2011

Photo Assignment - Cruising Under the Full Moon

The lunar farside as never seen before! LROC WAC orthographic
projection centered at 180° longitude, 0° latitude

Credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University
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'Supermoon' Tonight

There's been plenty of discussion about the 'Supermoon' occurring tonight, March 19th.  What makes this full moon super?   The moon will be at its closest point to the earth as it orbits around us, giving it an appearance of being much larger than normal.   Of course, this isn't the case, the moon doesn't change size at all.   The point where the moon is the closest to the earth is called its perigee. 

On Saturday night, the moon will arrive at perigee at 19:09 UT (3:09 p.m. Eastern Time). Its distance from the Earth at that moment will be 221,565 miles.  In December, 2008 it was 221,587 miles at perigee.

North America will miss the actual perigee since this will occur in the middle of the afternoon, but if the weather cooperates, we'd still suggest getting a look at the full moon when it appears in tonight's sky.


For those lucky enough to be on a cruise tonight,  take some photos that include the moon.   For those that aren't as lucky, but still have a great view of the moon tonight, you are welcome to post also.

Some possibilities would be as the moon is rising,  friend or family members with the moon behind them, reflections of the moon on the ship or sea (perhaps with someone in the foreground to add interest).  Be creative, and have a great time enjoying the view (which is what it's all about, isn't it).

Become a Fan of our Facebook Page and post your pictures.    This is not a photo contest, and we can't give you a prize, but we can give you a forum to share your memories with everyone else.

To make the photos interesting, also post a comment about where the picture was taken and what cruise you were on (or perhaps reflect on a time when you saw a similar picture while on a cruise).    The whole intention here is to show how great cruising is and allow you to share your memories with others.

Facebook terms and conditions apply to any content you post on our Fan Page (in other words, only post your own photos, etc).     We didn't want to make this a formal contest, we just wanted to have some fun with this "supermoon" that has the media buzzing. 

Becoming a Fan will have its rewards ...   in the near future, we will be restricting certain content, and only sharing that with our FB Fans.   This could be sneak peaks, special offers, discounts, etc, so you don't want to miss out on the new content.

If you are on Norwegian Epic, what better night than tonight to Howl at the Moon

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