The full moon will be at 3,56,954 km from the centre of the earth at 1 am on May 6. This will be the closest full moon to earth since January 1912. The moon will appear larger in the sky than at any time. This event is also referred to as ‘Supermoon’.
The intervening night of May 5/6 will see the moon’s closest encounter with earth since March 19, 2011, when the moon was 3,57,334 380 kilometers from the earth.
The next time a similar occurrence will be on August 10, 2014. Astronomers are estimating that the supermoon will be around 14 per cent brighter and 30 per cent bigger than the average full moon.
Previous supermoons were sighted in 1955, 1974, 1992, 2005 and 2011,