Outside, Science/Math

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s SUPER MOON!

Photo courtesy of NASA

Super moon is not the world’s newest super hero. Rather, it’s a super-huge, full moon — the biggest one we’ll see this year — coming to a sky near you on Saturday, May 5th.

So-called “super moons” occur when a full moon happens at the same time the moon is nearest the Earth, called the moon’s perigee. The moon’s orbit is an ellipse, not a circle, which means sometimes the moon is very “near” the Earth (an average of 226,000 miles away), and sometimes it’s father away. The distance between the Earth and the moon can vary by as much as 25,000 miles. That may not sound like much, but that’s about the circumference of the Earth at its equator.

The best time to see a “super moon” is when the moon is rising or setting, and it silhouettes buildings, trees or other objects. It might be worth postponing bedtime or waking up early for such a site. You can find out when the moon rises and sets in your area, here.

Space.com is encouraging people to share “super moon” stories and photos by contacting Managing Editor Tariq Malik: tmalik@space.com.

To learn more about Earth’s moon, see NASA’s kids page on the subject….here.