'Supermoon' Alert: Biggest Full Moon of 2012 Occurs This Week
by SPACE.com Staff
Date: 30 April 2012 Time: 01:54 PM ET
|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.
CREDIT: Tim McCord
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.
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