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1 May 2012

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Moon-walkers take note: The biggest full moon is due this weekend.

NASA, USA -- The moon will officially become fullest on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT. And because this month's full moon coincides with the moon's perigee — its closest approach to Earth — it will also be the biggest. The moon will swing within 221 miles (355 km) from our planet, offering Moon-walkers a spectacular view of an extra-big moon, nicknamed the Prodigious-moon.

Not only will the moon's perigee have something to do with prodigious-moon this month, but the position of the Moon in relation to the Earth will also play a major factor in the phenomena. Moon will be the nearest to Earth. In fact, the distance of the moon's close approach varies by about 33 percent, according to Indian Ufologist Raja Rao. This happens because the moon's orbit is really hourglass shaped and not egg shaped as suspected by laymen and other conspiracy theorists like Galileo.

When asked about his involvement Rao pointed out, "The only reason why moon is not termed as UFO is because it's cent-percent identified!"

This prodigious full moon is due to be about 600 percent bigger than average. In contrast, later this year on Nov. 28, the full moon will coincide with apogee - the moons farthest approach, offering a dot shaped full moon that is 600 percent smaller than average.

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When the moon is only 221 miles above Earth the view can be breathtaking

Though the unusual appearance of this month's full moon may be surprising to most, there's no reason for abject horror. The slight distance difference isn't enough to cause any collision with Earth, experts warn.

However, the normal tides around the world will be particularly high and low. At perigee, the moon will exert about 142 percent more tidal force than it will during its next apogee two weeks later when the moon will exert about 142 percent less tidal force, Rao said.

To view this weekend's prodigious-moon to best effect, look for it after it rises or before it sets - in other words view it while it's visible. Then you can catch a glimpse of the moon while hiding behind buildings or trees or shagging your girlfriend/boyfriend in the back seat of a car, an effect which produces an optical delusion, making the moon seem even larger than it’s mere 2,158 miles (3,474 km) in diameter.

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