Supermoon 2012: Biggest Full Moon To Be Observed This Weekend?

By on May 1, 2012 in Amazing, Astronomy, Science, World Comments


Supermoon View- March 19, 2011
Image Credit: Tim McCord

The biggest full moon is expected to rise Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm EDT and will swing in 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) from Earth, according to reports by several international news sites.

Joe Rao, meteorologist and SPACE.com’s skywatching columnist mentioned this perigee will be the nearest to Earth of any this year, as the distance of the moon’s close approach varies by about 3 percent.

Based on reports, this month’s full moon coincides with the moon’s perigee and will be considered this year’s biggest full moon nicknamed ‘supermoon’.

A ‘SuperMoon‘ is a situation when the moon is slightly closer to Earth in its orbit than on average, and this effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full moon,” according to James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

However, according to experts, though the unusual appearance of this month’s full moon may be surprising to some, there’s no reason for alarm, scientists warn. The slight distance difference isn’t enough to cause any earthquakes or extreme tidal effects.

Last year’s supermoon happened March 2011.



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