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Super Moon 2012

Tonight, May 5, 2012, The moon will make it’s closest approach to planet earth this year.

The technical term for when the moon is at the closest point to earth is “Perigee”.  At Perigee, it is about 12.2 percent, (or 50,000 km), closer to earth than when it is at its farthest point, termed “Apogee”.

This year, the moon will be at Perigee at 11:34 p.m.,  just ONE MINUTE after the moment when the moon is the fullest.  This should make for an amazing viewing experience of earth’s only significant satellite.

Tonight’s moon is estimated to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons, and supposedly will appear to be the largest right at “moon rise” which will take place around 8 pm, just opposite to the sun setting.

For any amateur astrologers out there, this Super Moon will be in the constellation Scorpio, while the sun will be in the constellation Taurus, directly opposite the moon.

The Moon also has a very real gravitational effect on the Earth, so during Super Moon, tides are greatly affected, and if you believe in the spiritual significance of the moon… so are we!

Some interesting things might happen this weekend, but regardless, it is going to be quite a beautiful sight!

Here is a picture from the Super Moon of 2011:

Super Moon

Super Full Moon

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2 Responses to Super Moon 2012

  1. A cloudy night in Oneonta, but the moon illuminated every cloud in the sky, a sign of good things to come?

  2. Thanks for the info, ASCENDEDMASTA. I’ll be watching over here in Maine.

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