By Annette Marie Hyder
is a chocolate box
filled with your sweet confections
even the moon leans in closer
hoping to overhear
Check out the moon tonight — it’s the biggest and closest it will be all year. It is the perigee moon and it is awesome!
“Super Moon” will light up Saturday’s night sky in a once-a-year cosmic
show, overshadowing a meteor shower from remnants of Halley’s Comet, the
U.S. space agency NASA said.
The Moon will seem especially
big and bright since it will reach its closest spot to Earth at the same
time it is in its full phase, NASA said.
Moon “is a ‘super Moon,’ as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent
brighter than other full Moons of 2012,” it said in a statement.
scientific term for the phenomenon is “perigee moon.” The Moon follows
an elliptical path around Earth with one side, or perigee, about 31,000
miles closer than the other, or apogee.
Moon will reach perigee at 11:34 p.m. EDT (0334 GMT on Sunday). One
minute later, it will line up with the Earth and the Sun to become full.
The last perigee Moon was on March 19, 2011, when it was about 250 miles closer than Saturday’s.
perigee full Moon can bring tides that are higher than normal but only
by an inch or so (a few centimeters). The effect can be amplified by
local geography, but only by about six inches.”