Biggest Supermoon Returns of May 2012

It is another week of surprise of nature as the moon becomes full and reaches its closest point to the Earth.

From an article at, it says that "the moon will officially turn full on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m (11:35 am Manila Time). And only 25 minutes later the moon will also arrive at perigee, its closest approach to Earth — a distance of 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) away."

The Moon is closest to the Earth at "perigee"
Photo:  The Moon is closest to the Earth at "perigee"

The effect of this phenomenon was called "supermoon".  This month's perigee is the closest of any perigee in 2012 (they vary by about 3 percent, because the moon's orbit is not perfectly circular). The result  of this will be a 16 percent brighter-than-average full moon accompanied by unusually high and low tides this weekend.

Last supermoon, on March 19, 2011
Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls via
Photo:  Last supermoon, on March 19, 2011 behind Washington, D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial

From the report of  Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)  after the  allay fears that  the supermoon may cause calamities, saying there is no evidence to back such fears.


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