A SuperMoon is a New or Full Moon which is extra close to the Earth, within 90% of its nearest approach to Earth in a given orbit. There can be 4-6 SuperMoons a year by this definition.
The closer the Moon is to the Earth the larger it appears and the greater affect it has on tidal waters, creating higher than usual tides. Some have noticed that the gravitational force of a SuperMoon affects the atmosphere and crust of our planet, as well as the surge of feeling and events on Earth.
This web page highlghts the closest SuperMoon of the year that is a Full Moon. A SuperMoon that is a Full Moon appears bigger or extra full to those viewing it from Earth. A Full Moon lies opposite the Sun; the Earth lies between them. A Full Moon opposite the Sun is seen from sunset to sunrise. A SuperMoon is a perigee-syzygy event. Keep reading to learn more.
~ Extra Full Moon ~ Perigee-Syzygy Event ~ Wesak
~ Extra Full Moon
The Moon's orbit is not a perfect circle. Every 27.55 days, the Moon swings closer to Earth and then loops farther away in an unending cycle of perigees and apogees. Helpful Image The Full Moon of Saturday, May 5, 2012 (8:35pm PDT / 03:35 UT Sunday, May 6) is at a SuperMoon perigee, within 90% of its nearest approach to Earth in a given orbit. It is at its closest lunar approach for the month and for the year of 2012. Note: This Moon is exactly Full less than an hour from perigee and lies 221,802 miles away (356,955 kilometers).
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The biggest Full Moons of the year appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser Full Moons. Helpful Image A perigee Moon creates higher than usual "perigean tides". However, according to NASA, these are only a few centimeters (an inch or so) higher than usual. Local geography can increase the effect to about 15 centimeters (six inches). Richard Nolle has more to say about the potential effects of perigee SuperMoons in "The Sysygy" section below.
A Moon near the horizon always looks bigger due to The Moon Illusion, so be sure to catch this "Extra" Full Moon when it rises around 8:00pm or sets about 5:30am. Click Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies for exact times in your area.
When three or more astronomical bodies, in a gravitational system, form a roughly straight line, we have a syzygy (siz-i-jee). The May 5-6, 2012 "Extra" Full Moon, as with all Full Moons, forms a straight line with our Earth and Sun (Moon-Earth-Sun), a syzygy.
Richard Nolle calls the perigee-syzygy Full Moon a SuperMoon, which has the potential to stir up powerful tides in the Earth's atmosphere, crust and oceans.
The May 5-6, 2012 perigee-syzygy Full Moon line-up is grander, extending outward to include Saturn, Venus and Jupiter (Saturn, Moon, Earth, Venus, Sun, Jupiter). This solar system view for the exact time of the Full Moon shows Saturn (yellow), Earth (blue), Venus (white), Sun (yellow) and Jupiter (gold). Saturn and the SuperMoon are tugging on one side of the Earth, while Venus, the Sun and Jupiter are tugging on the opposite side of Earth.
Saturn and Jupiter on opposites sides of the Sun play an important role in the geocosmic effects experienced on Earth.
Jupiter and Saturn are now on the opposite sides of the Sun and the Sun is in its solar maximum cycle. Perhaps the gravitational pull of these two opposing massive planets disturbs the quietude of the Sun causing sunspots, solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CME's). Solar Glossary The Sun in its active cycle increases the likelihood of power grid overloads/outages and satellite disruption [*]. Solar activity may even increase earthquakes, volcanic activity and extreme weather [*], however this concept is not well understood nor agreed upon. Solar cycles and their activity can irritate one's physical, mental and emotional bodies and/or bring about a heightened sense of awareness [*], again this concept is not well understood nor agreed upon.
Spaceweather.com describes the increasing solar activity of March 9-10, 2011 preceding Japan's March 11 quake/tsunami. It is also interesting to note that 8 days following Japan's quake/tsunami, March 19, 2011, there was also a SuperMoon. This was the closest Moon since March 8, 1993, the closest in 18 years, the closest until November 14, 2016. It was only 236 miles (380 km) closer than the May 5-6, 2012 Full Moon.
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The Wesak Festival
The May 5-6 Full Moon is the second Full Moon of spring and known around the world as the Wesak Festival. It is the spiritual high point of the year. At this time forces of enlightenment stream forth from our highest spirtiual planetary center and are stepped down for the evolution of humanity.
At any Full Moon the Earth lies between the Sun and Moon and the Earth, representing consciousness, is in direct alignment with our central luminary the Sun, representing Spirit. The Full Moon, representing form, acts as a reflector of Sun's inflowing radiance for the entire night, from sunset to sunrise. At the time of a Full Moon our planet is the recipient of strong spiritual vibration and stimulation throughout the entire day. A solar doorway opens wide and the unimpeded Spirit works out in form through the mediation of consciousness.
It is auspicious that the 2012 Wesak Festival Full Moon of enlightenment is a SuperMoon.
The 6 celestial body syzygy (Saturn, Moon, Earth, Venus, Sun, Jupiter) occurring at this perigee Full Moon is likely to stir up our Earth’s atmosphere, crust and oceans, and even humanity's physical, mental and emotional bodies.
In addition the Wesak Festival and its forces of enlightenment are sparking an initiation in humanity, while the Wesak's SuperMoon is shining increased solar radiance our way for the evolution of consciousness and form.
As we move with the seemingly chaotic currents and waves of our times, it is crucial to seek out and receive the energies that are streaming forth to help humanity emerge into something new and wholesome.
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