Tonight the full moon will appear to be more luminous and 14-30% larger – a phenomenon known as a super moon – because it will be some 50,000 miles closer to the Earth than usual. It will be the most magnificent at 8:35 PM PST when it is nearest to us and aligns with the sun, though scientists say the best time to observe the super moon is when it is near the horizon during either moonrise or moonset.
But wait! There’s more! Mother Nature appreciates a super moon just like the rest of us and will be shooting off an orgasm of meteors tonight too. The debris from Halley’s comet – known as the Aquarid meteor shower – will blaze a trail through the night sky with up to 40-60 meteors per hour under ideal conditions according to NASA. But to see the meteors you need to shoot your own moon at the moon; meteor viewing is best done with the moon at your back and preferably with a building blocking the moon’s light.
You may want to take a moment out of your fun-filled Saturday night celebrating Cinco De Mayo and check it out; the next super moon will not occur until the year 2029. Or you may want to stay glued to your computer and check out this super moon instead. ‘Cuz a moon this awesome occurs even less frequently than does a super moon. And I’ll let ya come up with your own replacement for the meteor shower.
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