Astronomers have calculated that on May 6 over our planet will shine "Superluna." On this day, satellite, will appear in its best and it will seem very bright, reaching its greatest visible size in 2012. Phenomenon will be best viewed in a time zone that matches the belt of Australia, that is, in the eastern hemisphere.
Earth's orbit of the Moon. Apogee and perigee distances are given for the full moons, recorded in 2011.
The distance from the Earth to the Moon varies between 350 and 400 thousand kilometers. This is explained by variations in the oval orbit of our satellite, which in turn affects the size of the moon which we see in the night sky. At this time, the inhabitants of the eastern hemisphere also lucky because the sun will shine directly disk of the moon, which would make it even brighter and clearer and give a characteristic color.
Perigee and an ogey Moon seen through a telescope. The differences are hardly visible without special tools.
If you speak the language of science, May 6, the Moon will be in its perigee, that is the nearest point to the Earth's orbit. The farthest point from the earth the moon's orbit is called apogee. Not always coincide with the perigee moon its full moon phase. By some cosmic reasons near the location of the moon to the planet may have spread a thousand miles.
Table next perigees Moon 1991
May 6 match two main features of our satellite, Moon and closest approach, which will see the largest, full and bright moon in the sky, up 12% and about 30% brighter than the apogee of this year. While the naked eye the difference is almost not be seen, because it will be no more than half the thickness of a human finger. According to astronomers, the complete "Superluna", which will see in May, will have 33.3 minutes of arc in diameter, only 0.1 more than the previous full moons. The diameter of the November full moon sotavit 29.1 minute.
Superluna usually brings a noticeable ebb and flow, but its appearance is not in any way connected with such natural disasters as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, as alleged by Richard Noll, in 1979, invented the name is intimidating normal lunar phenomenon.
Last year, "Superluna" appeared on March 19. Then she recognized the brightest and the biggest in the last 18 years. Another chance to see the moon closer to the ground will have the June 23, 2012.