A simple question, a very profound answer. And it's simply explained by the good people at Minute Physics.
Someone figured out how to make interesting videos with photos taken from Google StreetView, and released their source code so you could do it, too.
Here's their sample video: http://vimeo.com/63653873
Here's the source code: http://www.teehanlax.com/labs/hyperlapse/
Since the Moon takes about a month to circle the Earth, you might expect to get 12 full Moons per year. But the time it takes the Moon to cycle through its phases is actually 29.531 days. That means we get 12.37 full Moons a year... or, if you prefer, an extra full Moon about once every three years. Today, December 28, is the 13th and last full Moon of 2012.
If you're a math nerd you'll have fun reading how this works, because I'm a math nerd and I had fun writing it!
• The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012 was awarded jointly to British researcher John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka from Japan "for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent".
• Human induced pluripotent cells (iPSC) are stem cells made from ordinary (non-embryonic) skin cells that are given a transformational cocktail of four genes (cMyc, Oct4, Klf4, and Sox2). This allows reprogramming into any adult cell, such as human brain cells shown in the image on right. See a short video describing this in an earlier post on Dr. Yamanaka winning the Millenium Technology prize ► http://goo.gl/Y87AX
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