SUPER SUPERMOON

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On 14 November 2016, we saw something extraordinary…. It was super supermoon!

My husband had always been an Astro- enthusiast and we are known for giant telescopes at our home. Though we have long gotten rid of those about sometime back due to the heavy size and because, I somehow could not feel comfortable sending off my husband in the desert, away from city lights to sit in darkness all night long. But it does not stop there. Capturing the moon in its full glory never ceased to amaze me.

Supermoon sighting was one of the most awaited events at that time of the year. The internet was flooded with discussions and suggestions. After all, it was once in a lifetime sighting. Finding the right place and the right time to captures those seconds held pivotal significance. My preparations included downloading various iOS apps to find perfect geolocation and angle of the moon in my closest vicinity.

Images taken at the Zakher lake, at 17:57 UTC. Exposure 0.6sec @ f/5.6, 300mm. 

 

Posted by JW-Exclusive . Photography by Joveria Wajih on Monday, November 14, 2016

Fun myths related to Supermoon:

1 The Supermoon can cause disasters

There is a popular notion when the moon comes too close to earth, it results in natural disasters due to its gravitational pull. In reality, it is not so.

Facts: The moon’s gravitational pull is not strong enough even at the closest distance. Historic data proves that not all natural disasters take place around full moon phases. Saying that, we can add that if something is already taking place, the pull can affect its impact.

2 The moon makes people crazy

The majority of sound studies find no connection, while some have proved inconclusive, and many that purported to reveal connections turned out to involve flawed methods or have never been reproduced.

Facts: Reliable studies comparing the lunar phases to births, heart attacks, deaths, suicides, violence, psychiatric hospital admissions and epileptic seizures, among other things, have over and over again found little or no connection.

Is Supermoon to blame for ‘Titanic’?

Some researchers propose that the unusually close position of the moon in January 1912 could have triggered powerful oceanic tides, causing a high concentration of icebergs in the North Atlantic region. On January 4, 1912 the moon was at its closest to the earth (“supermoon”).

Fact: The supermoon was the most powerful moon in 1400 years! At the same time, the Earth was at its closest to the sun, a phenomenon known as perihelion, so the gravitational forces of both the moon and the sun were greatly enhanced prior to the tragedy.

Myth 3: The moon has a ‘dark side’

As the moon orbits Earth, it keeps one face perpetually turned toward the planet. This fact has prompted some to refer to the distant lunar hemisphere as the ‘dark side’ of the moon

Fact: While the moon does vary in distance from the Earth during its month-long orbit, the differences aren’t significant during a single trek across the sky.

4 The moon grows larger during moonrise

The reason the moon looks larger near the horizon is due to an optical effect known as the Ponzo illusion.

Facts: It’s an optical illusion we don’t have a solid explanation for; however, the consensus seems to be that the moon appears much bigger on the horizon because we have trees and buildings to compare it to.*

 

When is the next Super moon ?

Next Supermoon December 2017

The next Supermoon will be on December 3, 2017.

The Supermoon on November 14, 2016, was the closest since January 26, 1948. The next time a Full Moon will come even closer to Earth is on November 25, 2034 (dates based on UTC time).**

 

Super Moon Dates

Year Date
2017 Sunday, 3 December
2018 Tuesday, 2 January
2019 Monday, 21 January
2019 Tuesday, 19 February

Super Full Moons can vary by time zone. Dates above are based on the local time in Al Ain. **

 

References:

*https://www.khaleejtimes.com/international/others/five-myths-and-facts-about-supermoon

**https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/super-full-moon.html

 

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The Noble Curtain Controversy….

 

I was astonished to find out that the very word Hijab originated from Arabian roots and it literally means ” curtain ”. It stirred a cascade of thoughts in my ever so vibrant mind 🙂

 

 

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First, let me tell you my journey of starting hijab. My family has always been a strictly practicing Muslim. While growing up, I had educated, professional and modest women all around me in the form of my mother, grandmother, and aunts. Still, I didn’t do hijab.I felt awkward covering my head in public and on occasions other than religious ceremonies or prayers. I strongly believed that hijab lies in your eyes and clothing doesn’t matter. Growing up, even in a Muslim country, I feared to be segregated from the mainstream. I feared; I feared; I feared!

Moved to London and again putting on hijab saw rock bottoms of my life priorities. Acceptance in a new country and to establish myself became top prepossession. In the busy lifestyle, juggling three jobs at a time, saying daily prayers were like a huge struggle but I somehow managed it. Hiding a prayer mat and a prayer scarf, carrying another scarf in my tote bag for other places were just a few of my efforts.

When you work day and night within a multicultural environment and wrangle to blend in, sometimes, if you are like me, your principles and philosophy question your demeanor. It was at this point my search for my true distinctiveness began. I started looking more into religion studying myself and applying it in my daily life coupled with random Islamic lectures on TV. My life changed inside out!

The biggest thing that happened with me was the revival of my trust in this religion Islam. The echoes of people saying we should do Ijtihad for certain things vaporized.Even with very limited knowledge, my heart still made strong connections. I began trusting that Islamic teachings are most precise, workable and protagonist.The more positively I thought about it, more benefits I discovered. Studying about your religion is elan vital for your being.

 

Hijab has been around for centuries and is not limited to Islamic origin. It’s essentially, a piece of cloth covering your head for protection from obnoxious weather conditions and at other occasions, as a symbol of nobility, fashion, and religious significance.Hence hijab or headscarf is not merely confined to the pillars of Islam.Headscarves are observed in countries following  Orthodox Catholic Church, Sikhism, Judaism, Roman Catholics, Lutheranism, Methodists and reformed churches.

 

 

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Elizabeth II wearing a headscarf with Ronald Reagan, 1982.

 

But I tend to go very basic. My humble observation says that nature has created a protective cover over every soft and delicate creation. Look at the fruits, Most soft and fleshy fruits have a skin or peel over them. Removing the peel and exposing the inner soft part wreak havoc upon the structure, appearance and sometimes taste. It’s one of the beautiful laws of nature and tends to our very organic needs……………..

 

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16th century wimple, worn by a widowed queen Anna of Poland, with veil and a ruff around the neck.