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Weather Blog: Super Moon Saturday Night

Weather Blog: Super Moon Saturday Night

by Gene Norman / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 8:22 PM

Look!  Up in the sky!  It should be clear enough Saturday night to see the rising full May moon which will be a Super Moon.  That's because the May 5th occurrence coincides with the point at which the Moon is closest to the Earth so it will appear larger.  You'll notice that especially as it's rising just after 6:30 pm.  Since the sun is an hour away from setting, this might be a cool sight.  The officially reaches it's "full" stage at 10:34 pm.

The moon's orbit around the Earth isn't a circle, but more elliptical, or egg-shaped.  So there will be times when the moon is closer to us.  Saturday, it's a mere 221,802 miles away, which is about 15,000 miles closer than the average distance.  Astronomers call this perigee; the opposite, when the moon is furthest away is apogee.

This happens every year; last year it was in March, next year, it will be in June.  Hope you get to enjoy it; send me some cool pictures at gnorman@khou.com.

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