How to see the Supermoon and shooting stars, too — The Orbital coincidences make full moon look bigger than usual amid meteor shower.
If the full moon looks a bit bigger and brighter in Saturday night’s sky, you’re not seeing things: It’s just the “supermoon” — the biggest moon of 2012. And there’s a meteor shower from Halley’s Comet that’s peaking as well, adding to the sky show.
The full moon of May will hit its peak overnight Saturday night and early Sunday, just one minute after the moon makes its closest approach to Earth. The timing means the moon, weather permitting, could appear up to 14 % bigger and 30 % brighter than a full moon at its farthest distance — an event scientists have nicknamed the “Supermoon.”
Photo by Julio Cortez / AP: A full moon rises behind the Empire State Building in New York in this view from Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, N.J., on April 6. A month later, the biggest and brightest full moon of the year is arriving on Saturday night.
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» Views from NASA’s all-sky cameras are available to view the Eta Aquarid meteor shower remotely here: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/allsky.html