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Watch-out the Bigger and Brighter moon today

Posted on May 6, 2012 in Science | by

On the eve of ‘Buddha Purnima’ today, a “supermoon” has graced the night sky, seeing bigger and brighter than on any other night this year, while it comes closer to the Earth, with distance of 3,56,955 km.

The phenomenon, called “supermoon”, last appeared in March 2011, means the Moon sees up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.

This never ever effect will be seen at 9.05 pm IST on May 6. It has said that this is happen because of Moon’s Orbit imperfection in circulation.

Interacting media, Arvind Paranjpye, Director of Mumbai-based Nehru Planetarium, said, “It is very interesting to note that on May 6, the moon will set at western horizon a few minutes before sunrise and then it will rise again on the same evening about an hour after the sunset.”

The Royal Astronomical Society’s Dr Robert Massey told reporters, “The eye is so good at compensating for changes in brightness that you simply don’t notice (that element) so much.”

Denying any harmful effect like earthquakes or extreme tidal effects due to distance variation, experts said that Moon’s distance from Earth varies because it follows an elliptical orbit instead of a circular one. So there are no chances of this “supermoon” event to be cause strange behaviour – like natural disasters.

However, as per expert analysis, on Nov. 28 of this year, we will see a small and dim full moon because appearance of the full moon with apogee, the moon’s farthest approach.

TAGS: Arvind Paranjpye, Bigger and Brighter Moon, Buddha Purnima, , , Full Moon Supermoon, , , Orbit, Report, Robert Massey, ,


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