2012 ‘Supermoon’ Night Spectacular on May 5

May 6, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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A perigee moon, or SuperMoon, on May 5, 2012 near Palm Springs, California. The moon appears especially big and bright during this once-a-year cosmic event as the full moon is at its closest to the Earth in its elliptical orbit. The perigee side of its orbit is about 31,000 miles closer than the opposite, or apogee, side. (David McNew/Getty Images)

The “supermoon” —also known as a perigree moon—of May 5 lived up to the hype, with people around the world reporting sightings. The much awaited annual event occurs during the time when the moon is closest to the earth. The May 5 super moon is predicted to be the biggest one this year, reportedly 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons for 2012.

People in different parts of the world came out with their families to witness this celestial event. As with all celestial events, there are different folklore associated with this one. NASA had the following to say about the event on its website: “Folklore holds that all kinds of … things happen under the light of a full moon. Supposedly, hospital admissions increase, the crime rate ticks upward, and people behave strangely. The idea that the full Moon causes mental disorders was widespread in the Middle Ages. Well, across the world people have many fabulous explanations to the super moon.”

Irrespective of all the “fabulous explanations,” star gazers took advantage of the close proximity of earth’s only satellite to try peer at the moons’ many craters and take in its beauty.

Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory told USA Today that the moon would look even bigger when its on or near the horizon due to an optical illusion. He also said that the moon would also bring in natural changes like unusually high tides due to its close proximity with the earth, but that the effect would modest.

 

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