Friday, March 18, 2011

'Supermoon' Will Occur Saturday Night


Move over, Superman. It's time for supermoon.

The shimmering muse of poets and artists will reach full brilliance at perigee -- or the point in the moon's orbit when it's nearest Earth -- for the first time in 18 years.

If it's not cloudy, Saturday skygazers will be able to glimpse the "supermoon." And while it might yank on some tides, the supermoon won't trigger natural disasters or werewolf uprisings.
As it cozies in to a mere 220,000 miles away, the moon will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a most distant full moon.

"It's not something you would notice unless you were really looking for it," said Ben
Burress, an astronomer at the Chabot Space Science Center in Oakland. "Looking at the moon is a very subjective thing sometimes. It looks huge when it's near the horizon, but that's just a funny trick the brain plays on you."

That may not seem like much of a difference (and compared to the distance it's not), but the diameter of the moon is only 2,159 miles. That means the moon will be over 7.5 diameters closer to Earth than average.

While many believe the 'supermoon' can be linked to natural disasters (namely the Japan earthquake), Space.com says that's not the case.
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