‘Super moon’ to fill Saturday night sky
For the second time in little more than a year, the full moon will be a perigree full moon, or as it’s often called a “super moon.”
According to NASA, this means the lunar orb will be much closer to Earth than normal.
The moon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal.
On Saturday night at 11:35 p.m. EDT, astronomers say the moon it will come within 221,802 miles of us.
“For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects,” NASA writes. “On May 5, this ‘moon illusion’ will amplify a full moon that’s extra-big to begin with.”
Most astronomers say the best time to look is early evening, just as the moon is coming up over the horizon.