Head’s UP!!!…The Biggest Supermoon in Years AND a Venus Transit
This Saturday evening, take a look at the night sky and you might see something special. The moon will make its largest, most stunning appearance of the year—an event known to scientists as “the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system” and to the popular skywatching public simply as the “supermoon.” As one of the most spectacular supermoons in years, the moon will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when it is on the far side of its orbit.
Why does the moon sometimes appear larger, and sometimes smaller? The answer lies in the fact that its orbit around Earth is elliptical, so its distance from us varies—it ranges from roughly 222,000 to 252,000 miles away each month. On Saturday, the moon will reach what is known as the perigee, coming as close as it ever does to the Earth, just 221,802 miles away. At the same time, it will be a full moon, with the entirety of its Earth-facing surface illuminated by the light of the sun.
This supermoon will appear especially large because the exact moment of perigee will neatly coincide with the appearance of a perfectly full moon. The full moon will occur at 11:34 p.m. EST, and the perigee will occur at 11:35. During last year’s supermoon on March 19, 2011, for comparison, the perigee and full moon were 50 minutes apart.
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Don’t miss it and may your night be cloud free.
And as if this is not enough to raise some energy…..
Here we go….
Transit of Venus, 2012
The last transit of Venus in our lifetimes occurs June 5-6, 2012, with the date and time dependent on your location. For North American viewers, it begins shortly after 6:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and continues through sunset. You can safely witness this rare sight only if you take proper steps to protect your eyes, for you will be looking at the Sun!
New Delhi: A rare astronomical event will occur on June 5 and 6 when planet Venus will pass directly between the earth and the sun, appearing as a small dot travelling across the disk of the sun.
The planetary alignment called the ‘Transit of Venus’ will occur during a 6-hour time period and will not happen again until 2117.
Only six such events have occurred since the invention of the telescope in 1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882 and 2004.
Residents of Delhi will have to wake up early on June 6 to witness the once-in-a-lifetime-event- the transition will begin at 3.39 am and continue till 10.22 am according to local time. NASA suggests watchers to find a clear eastern horizon to witness the event clearly.
Meanwhile, residents of North America will be able to watch the event during sunset on June 5
Don’t miss these powerful events. Read up and pay care-filled attention.