Supermoon

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As reported by space.com, the biggest full moon of the year is due to arrive this weekend, on par with Buddha’s Enlightenment day.

The moon will be officially full this Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT.  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.

Great time to tune in!

Supermoon


Credit: Tim McCordSkywatcher Tim McCord of Entiat, Washington caught this amazing view of the March 19, 2011 full moon – using a camera-equipped telescope.

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