Sunday's Picture and a Song: J'ai Demandé à la Lune
Today's song and photo are in honor of the "supermoon", also known as a perigee moon, that will peak this evening. It will be as much as 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons of 2013.
One of the biggest celestial events of the year, the phenomenon is caused by the slightly asymmetrical orbit of the moon around the Earth. At its closest approach, the moon is 225,622 miles from Earth. At its farthest, the moon is 252,088 miles away. A supermoon is a full moon that happens within 12 hours of the lunar perigree, or the point in the lunar orbit that brings the moon closest to Earth.
J'ai Demandé à la Lune is a haunting song that will be the perfect accompaniment to tonight's supermoon. Enjoy!