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The Supermoon Cometh

The largest Full Moon of the Year will be on Saturday.

Get ready for the "Supermoon" this Saturday! 

If you haven't already heard ... The moon will officially be full Saturday, May 5, at 11:35 p.m. EDT. And this will be the largest full moon of the year since it will also come the closest to the earth, where it will come within 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) from our planet.

Scientists estimate that this month's full moon will be about 16 percent brighter than average. The effects of the gravitational pull will been seen in the tides around the world will be well above and below normal. At perigee, the moon will exert about 42 percent more tidal force than it will during its next apogee two weeks later, according to Joe Rao from Space.com.

The best time to get the full effect of the size will be during moonrise and moonset, and for us here in Atlanta, the moon will rise around 8:14pm on the 5th and set at 6:55am on the morning of the 6th.

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Sharon Swanepoel May 02, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Ahh, time to get the super lens out again! Love it. Does that mean high surf Steve?
Mitch May 02, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Supermoon on Cinco de Mayo. After a few taquila shots that moon is gonna look GINORMOUS!!
Bonnie May 03, 2012 at 09:33 PM
You say that "The effects of the gravitational pull will been seen in the tides around the world will be well above and below normal. That's NOTHING compared to the effect it'll have on the school children :)
North Georgia Weather May 03, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Yep, high surf! Time to get out the boards! And yes Bonnie... that's why they're so crazy right now! But you don't have long! :-))
Diannah May 04, 2012 at 11:11 AM
For those who may be interested The Global Coherence Initiative is a science-based, co-creative project to unite people in heart-focused care and intention, to facilitate the shift in global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace. To find out more about this group check Facebook or http://www.glcoherence.org/ there is an event during the full moon.
Yar Kolman May 06, 2012 at 01:38 AM
The phase of the moon does not cause strange human behavior; see the data at: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/moon.html
Kim Roberto May 08, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Sorry Yar, no offense to you, and I appreciate the data, but I don't care what the statistics say. I work in a school and I'm with Bonnie! :) Sometimes I don't even realize that there is a full moon, the kids are going extra-bonkers, and then someone will mention the moon. :0

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