Saturday Supermoon

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For all you sky watchers out there, mark your calendars. On Saturday, May 5th at 11:35 pm you will be able to see the largest full moon of the year. What makes this special is that this month’s full moon coincides with the moon’s perigee. Perigee is the point at which a satellite or object orbiting the earth is at its closest to the earth’s center.

The moon at its perigee will be 221,802 miles from the earth, giving sky watchers an amazing view of the super bright and super big moon nicknamed the "supermoon". Expect the moon to be about 16% brighter than its average. While the moon may look unusual, there is no reason to be worried. The small difference in tidal force isn't enough to cause any earthquakes or abnormal events on earth.

Finally, to get the best view, look for it right before it sets. When the moon is close to the horizon, it is contrasted against buildings and trees. This creates an optical illusion and makes the moon look much larger than it really is. So, pull out your telescopes and cameras and be prepared to be dazzled this weekend.

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Ujval

Ujval is a big, tall, goofy, Asian Indian with an enormous heart. He loves buying and playing with new gadgets, and food.