Supermoon This Weekend Will Be The Year’s Biggest
Are you throwing a full moon party?
The 2012 May full moon falls within an hour of perigee. At perigee, the moon lies only 356,955 kilometers (221,802 miles) away. Later this month, on May 19, the moon will swing out to apogee – its farthest point for the month – at 406,448 kilometers (252,555 miles) distant. So on May 5th the moon really is at its closest.
Because the moon – as always – shines opposite the sun in our sky at full moon, you’ll see the moon beaming all night from dusk until dawn. This extra-close full moon is likely to usher in large tides along the ocean shorelines for the next several days, especially if these high tides are accompanied by strong onshore winds.
Bottom line: The full moon of May 5 (or 6), 2012 is the closest and largest full moon of this year. Some will call it a supermoon.
We’ll be celebrating on ‘Your Sunday Brunch’ by playing some ‘Moon’ songs, if you have any suggestions, leave them here in the comment box.