Saturday, May 05, 2012

Science Saturday Special: 'Supermoon' Alert - Biggest Full Moon of 2012 Occurs Tonight

The moon will swing in 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) from our planet, offering skywatchers a spectacular view of an extra-big, extra-bright moon, nicknamed a supermoon

a Space.Com:
Skywatchers take note: The biggest full moon of the year is due to arrive this weekend.
The moon will officially become full Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT. And because this month's full moon coincides with the moon's perigee — its closest approach to Earth — it will also be the year's biggest.
The moon will swing in 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) from our planet, offering skywatchers a spectacular view of an extra-big, extra-bright moon, nicknamed a supermoon
Check out the informative Science@NASA video:


The local (Ogden, Utah) weather report appears to be favorable for moon viewing:
Tonight: Mainly clear skies. Low 36F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Happy sky watching, Weber County Forum astronomy buffs.

Update 5/6/12 9:00 a.m.: WCF reader and Ogden Valley Forum blogmeister Larry Zini provides a couple of photos of last night's supermoon event, shot from Ogden Valley:

6 comments:

rudizink said...

More interesting information about our semi-earthbound moon:

Earth's Moon: Formation, Composition and Orbit

DOCTOROPPOSITE said...

More from NASA:

NASA video shows the moon's 4.5 billion year evolution.

 

L. Zini said...

General meaningless information: The origin of the word "lunatic" is based on being moonstruck.

AWM said...

Backpacked up Notch Peak yesterday afternoon and camped overnight 6 feet from the edge of North Americas tallest cliff face. Simultaneous Epic sunset/Surreal moonrise. got up at 2:30 AM and every detail on the surrounding cliffs was visable.  Bucket list checked off!

AWM said...

Correction: that should read "one of the tallest cliffs"

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