‘Supermoon’ is a situation when the moon is slightly (about 50.000 km) closer to Earth in its orbit than on average, at least from our perspective on Earth. On May 5, the moon will appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter.
The ‘Supermoon’ could cause tides to rise around the world as the moon’s close ‘fly past’ exerts 42% more tidal force. But this is nothing to worry about, according to America’s NOAA space-weather predicting agency. In most places, lunar gravity at perigee pulls tide waters only a few centimeters (an inch or so) higher than usual.
Not all ‘Supermoons’ are the same powerful, neither by the intensity nor by the duration of their effect. It has caused many discussions in scientific circles about the full moon on May 5, 2012 which is going to be one of the most powerful in years.
‘Supermoon’ is often associated with massive natural disasters, as well as social uprisings,has made Nasa create a video that explains what is going to happen on 5 and 6 May, 2012.
The best time to look is when the Moon is near the horizon. That is when illusion mixes with reality to produce a truly stunning view.