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The biggest and brightest full moon of the year

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year

The stunning image of a full moon rising behind statues of angels fixed at the St. Isaak’s Cathedral in St.Petersburg, Russia. Saturday, May 5, 2012. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year

The sky is lighting up tonight as our celestial neighbor passes closer to Earth than usual. According to experts, the Moon will appear up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter as it passes 221,802 miles from earth. And it is around 15,300 miles closer than average. Its distance from Earth varies because it follows an elliptical orbit rather than a circular one. The phenomenon is known as a perigee full moon but astronomers warn the ‘relatively uncommon’ celestial event may not amount to much.

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The moon is obscured by the cross of Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) in Dresden, Germany

Almost full moon has risen behind the cross of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) in Dresden, eastern Germany, on May 4, 2012. The lunar phase of full moon always occurs in an interval of about 29 or 30 days, when the sun is on the opposite side of the Earth from the moon.

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year

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