Photos of Super Moon on Saturday night

Sunday, May 6th 2012. | Science News

supermoon-in-nightSaturday night’s moon appeared about 15 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons this year, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The Super Moon (a phrase coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979) seemed large because the moment of perigee—when the moon is closest to the Earth in its monthly rotation—coincided with the appearance of a perfectly full moon, according to the Smithsonian.

On Saturday at 11:34 p.m. ET, the moon reached full moon status—when the earth, moon and sun are all in alignment. One minute later, at 11:35 p.m., “perigee” occurred.

The moon was 221,802 miles away from Earth Saturday night; (the average distance is 238,855 according to NASA.) That’s 17,053 miles closer.

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