This Saturday moon will appear bigger, brighter!March 15th, 2011 - 1:18 pm ICT by ANI
Kuala Lumpur, March 15 (ANI): An expert has said that on coming Saturday (March 19), moon’s orbit will be closest to the Earth.
The moon will swing around Earth more closely than it has in the past 18 years, lighting up the night sky from just 356,577km away.
The full moon will appear bigger and brighter - but there is “no scientific ground” for panic.
Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Astronomy Club academic adviser Assoc Prof Dr Chong Hon Yew said the moon would look larger than normal, as it will be closer to the Earth.
“Scientifically, there is no such thing as a ’super moon’ but on March 19, you will see a bigger full moon because it’s a lunar perigee (when the moon’s orbit is closest to the earth),” the Star Online quoted Yew as saying.
“Saturn will also be visible to the naked eye on that night. What is rare is that there will also be a planetary alignment on that day,” added Yew. (ANI)
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