Friday, May 4, 2012

"Super Moon"

Tomorrow, Saturday May 5, there will be a "super moon." This means that the moon will be full when it happens to be at "perigee," which is the closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit. The full moon will look unusually large, about 14% larger than when it is at "apogee" (the farthest point
from Earth in its elliptical orbit).

If you are interested in seeing it, try to look for it around moonrise, shortly after sunset (around 8pm), when it is close to the horizon. Furthermore, a psychological effect (still not fully understood) makes it look even bigger then. No Shade 14 glass or any other equipment is needed to safely view the moon (but not the Sun!).

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