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‘Supermoon’ to dominate night sky

Saturday, May 5, 2012

‘Supermoon’ to dominate night sky


Stargazers will be treated to a rare glimpse of a “Supermoon” this weekend when our celestial neighbor strays closest to Earth. During the annual display, the moon appears to swell larger in size and wax in brightness.

Scientists say that the moon will look 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than all the other full moons of 2012 and will be visible at its peak from 03:00 GMT on Sunday for approximately 35 minutes.

“Every year there are 13 new moons and 13 full moons, occasionally producing some exceptional spectacles. A Supermoon happens when the moon’s elliptical orbit swings it closest to the Earth,” said senior scientist from the Russian Pulkovo observatory, Sergey Smirnov..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/moon-super-biggest-closest-636/

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