This weekend will be an absolute delight for both professional and amateur astronomers alike: On Saturday, the United States will be treated to a “supermoon” event — an evening where the full moon appears at its largest and brightest in the night sky. It’s the first of six major celestial events slated to occur in the month of May.
The moon will officially become full at 11:35 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. This coincides almost perfectly with the moon’s perigee — that is, the moment when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. This supermoon will be especially pronounced given that this will be the moon’s closest approach of the year. Continue reading