By Vladimir Brezina
Last night we had a minor bit of fun awaiting the “super” Supermoon.
We looked up the time of moonrise—8:40 PM, just after sunset. And we looked up the direction in which the Moon should appear at moonrise—115 degrees true. This number was very pleasing, since it happens to be more or less the direction in which our apartment looks out over the East River.
But our view of the horizon is by no means complete. There are quite a few tall buildings around ours that block the view. Would the moon rise behind one of these, or in a gap between them? I suppose we could have gotten out the compass… But we preferred to wait and be surprised.
And there is was! It appeared in one of the gaps.
Astronomical predictions are wonderful, but you also need luck…