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Highlights: ‘Extreme Super Moon’ to Light Up the Skies

An “extreme super moon” will shine in the skies above the Earth during the evening of Saturday, May 5, 2012, according to Da Vinci Science Center CEO Troy A. Thrash.

As Thrash explained Friday to WFMZ 69 News in Allentown, Pa., the term “super moon” refers to the phenomena of the Earth’s moon appearing full in the night sky within 12 hours of its perigee, or closest approach to the Earth along its oval-shaped orbit.

What makes Saturday’s event an “extreme super moon,” Thrash said, is the fact that this full moon will occur approximately one minute from its moment of perigee. The result is a moon that appears to be about 14 percent larger than it normally appears to be and about 30 percent brighter.

Thrash said this phenomenon is not likely to occur again during our lifetimes.

Dennis Zehner, 484.664.1002, Ext. 112


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