Get ready for another Supermoon this Saturday
Like last years supermoon on March 19th which was a big hit among sky watchers. This Saturday there will be an equally amazing sight as the biggest full moon of the year will occurred at 11:35 EDT. Another rare treat will occur Friday night as the annual Eta Aquarid meteor showers will be peaking. Though the supermoon will far out shine the meteor shower.
This fullest of the full moons this year is actually referred to as the perigee moon. Which basically means this is when the moon is closest to the earth during it elliptical orbit around our planet. This means the supermoon will appear to be about 16% brighter than your average full moon. While this supemoon doesn’t mean doom and gloom as some internet hoaxes and myths predict. The gravitation pull of the supermoon will exert 42% more tidal force than during the apogee 2 weeks from now. So the tides this weekend along the coast will be higher and lower than normal. To the left here you can see last years supermoon compared the a regular full moon in December.
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The supermoon of 2012 is the biggest full moon of the year and will occur on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT (0335 May 6), though the moon may still appear full to sky watchers on the day before and after the actual event.