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Two shots from Supermoon Saturday night in Denver from Greg Thow. The electrical storm photo is simply stunning.Two shots from Supermoon Saturday night in Denver from Greg Thow. The electrical storm... more
This Saturday evening, take a look at the night sky and you might see something special. The moon will make its largest, most stunning appearance of the year—an event known to scientists as “the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system” and to the popular skywatching public simply as the “supermoon.” As one of the most spectacular supermoons in years, the moon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when it is on the far side of its orbit.
Why does the moon sometimes appear larger, and sometimes smaller? The answer lies in the fact that its orbit around Earth is elliptical, so its distance from us varies—it ranges from roughly 222,000 to 252,000 miles away each month. On Saturday, the moon will reach what is known as the perigee, coming as close as it ever does to the Earth, just 221,802 miles away. At the same time, it will be a full moon, with the entirety of its Earth-facing surface illuminated by the light of the sun.
This supermoon will appear especially large because the exact moment of perigee will neatly coincide with the appearance of a perfectly full moon. The full moon will occur at 11:34 p.m. EST, and the perigee will occur at 11:35. During last year’s supermoon on March 19, 2011, for comparison, the perigee and full moon were 50 minutes apart.
Full Story: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2012/05/the-biggest-supermoon-in-years-is-coming-saturday-night/This Saturday evening, take a look at the night sky and you might see something... more
Skywatchers take note: The biggest full moon of the year is due to arrive this weekend.
The moon will officially become full Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT. And because this month's full moon coincides with the moon's perigee — its closest approach to Earth — it will also be the year's biggest.
The moon will swing in 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) from our planet, offering skywatchers a spectacular view of an extra-big, extra-bright moon, nicknamed a supermoon.
And not only does the moon's perigee coincide with full moon this month, but 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, according to meteorologist Joe Rao, SPACE.com's skywatching columnist. This happens because the moon's orbit is not perfectly circular.
This month's full moon is due to be about 16 percent brighter than average. In contrast, later this year on Nov. 28, the full moon will coincide with apogee, the moon's farthest approach, offering a particularly small and dim full moon.
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, experts say.
However, the normal tides around the world will be particularly high and low. At perigee, the moon will exert about 42 percent more tidal force than it will during its next apogee two weeks later, Rao said.
The last supermoon occurred in March 2011.
To view this weekend's supermoon to best effect, look for it just after it rises or before it sets, when it is close to the horizon. There, you can catch a view of the moon behind buildings or trees, an effect which produces an optical illusion, making the moon seem even larger than it really is.Skywatchers take note: The biggest full moon of the year is due to arrive this... more
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The third full moon in a season (Blue Moon with four full moons for many years, almost every month a full moon can be.The third full moon in a season (Blue Moon with four full moons for many years, almost... more
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Move over, Superman. It's time for supermoon.
The shimmering muse of poets and artists will reach full brilliance at perigee -- or the point in the moon's orbit when it's nearest Earth -- for the first time in 18 years.
If it's not cloudy, Saturday skygazers will be able to glimpse the "supermoon." And while it might yank on some tides, the supermoon won't trigger natural disasters or werewolf uprisings.
http://usaheadline.blogspot.com/2011/03/supermoon-will-occur-saturday-night.htmlMove over, Superman. It's time for supermoon. The shimmering muse of poets and... more
On March 19th 2011, the moon will make its closest approach to Earth in almost 20 years, possibly triggering earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other disasters.
link :http://in.news.yahoo.com/blogs/geewhiz/supermoon-may-cause-natural-disasters-next-week-20110309-020911-225.htmlOn March 19th 2011, the moon will make its closest approach to Earth in almost 20... more
On March 19, the moon will swing around Earth more closely than it has in the past 18 years, lighting up the night sky from just 221,567 miles (356,577 kilometers) away. On top of that, it will be full. And one astrologer believes it could inflict massive damage on the planet.
LINK : http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20110310/sc_space/willmarch19supermoontriggernaturaldisasters;_ylt=AjROm.2bllfaI5jc36XDRfOs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFpbGlhdGE3BHBvcwMyMQRzZWMDYWNjb3JkaW9uX21vc3RfcG9wdWxhcgRzbGsDd2lsbG1hcmNoMTkzOn March 19, the moon will swing around Earth more closely than it has in the past 18... more