Supermoon 2012: Biggest Full Moon of 2012 is Expected to Rise this Weekend (Video)

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The biggest full moon is expected to rise this Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm EDT and will swing in 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) from Earth. This coming Saturday full moon will be brighter and larger than any other this year. This weekend will be an absolute delight for both professional and amateur astronomers alike: A “supermoon” event — an evening where the full moon appears at its largest and brightest in the night sky. It’s the first of six major celestial events slated to occur in the month of May.

Supermoon Biggest Full Moon of 2012 Will Occur This Weekend

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Skywatcher Tim McCord of Entiat, Washington caught this amazing view of the March 19, 2011 full moon – called a supermoon because the moon was at perigee, the closest point to Earth in its orbit – using a camera-equipped telescope.

The supermoon will have an effect on tides, though experts say there’s no need for alarm since the increased effect is still relatively weak. That’s not to say a supermoon hasn’t caused damage in the past: It’s believed that a supermoon event may have contributed to the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago.

Video Credit: science @ NASA



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