According to U.S. clocks, May 5, 2012 features the closest and largest full moon of this year. Calendars say May 6, by the way, for this same close full moon as seen from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. We astronomers call this sort of close full moon a perigee full moon. The word perigee describes the moon’s closest point to Earth for a given month.
The supermoon of March 19, 2011 (right), compared to an average moon of December 20, 2010 (left).
Will you be able to notice with your eye alone that tonight's full moon is bigger or brighter than usual?
Astronomers say no, but it'll be fun to stand outside under tonight's full moon and know
the moon is closer than it has been since March 19, 2011.
Image Credit: Marco Langbroek, the Netherlands, via Wikimedia Commons.
The "supermoon" over our place a few minutes ago.
But will it make the fish bite?