Full moon - Solstice December 1999

Here is some background for the Wrinkle 9 sun and moon celebration. I posted the following quotes before seeing a news article on December 21. The news article says this is the brightest moon since 1930. Still, seventy years is a long time, making this an especially bright full moon.

From the EARTH LINK MISSION NEWSLETTER October/ November/ December 1999:

"This year the Winter Solstice, December 22 -- the longest night of the year, will be extremely special. This is because the solstice will coincide with a Full Moon. Ah, but not just any Full Moon. The Moon will be within a few hours of its perigee, its closest point to the Earth. This will make the Moon appear to be about 14% bigger than usual. However, it is also only ten days from the Earth's perihelion, its closest point to the Sun. Since the Moon shines with reflected sunlight, then the moon will appear 7% brighter than usual.These events occurring together are extremely rare. This is probably the biggest, brightest moon of the Millenium as well as its last. That makes it a rare night indeed so check with your local astronomy clubs and pagan centers to find out what special events are planned. Whatever you do, get out and look at the sky. You will never see a Moon like this again, even if the world does not end seven days later. December 22 Winter solstice is at 2:44 a.m. EST The moon is at perigee (221,614 miles from Earth), 5:55 a.m. EST Full moon is at 12:31 p.m. EST"

An unknown email source contained this information (it mentions the Lakota Sioux, a Native American people):

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.

Solstice at 7:32 or 7:44 Universal Time, December 22
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