On Saturday, the moon will makes its closest approach to the Earth at a distance of 221,802 miles, which is the closest lunar perigee of 2012, at 11:34 p.m. Eastern Time. Approximately one minute later, the moon will fall in line with the sun thereby becoming full. Thus, the moon will loom even larger than the supermoon of last year, when perigee and full moon fell 50 minutes apart on March 19, 2011.
According to SPACE.COM, the Earth is not in danger of any earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. However, many watchers have pointed out that the month of May is a very busy watch month,
- Starting with supermoon on May 5;
- Russian President Putin to be sworn in on May 7;
- NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21;
- ‘Ring of fire’ annular solar eclipse of May 20-21. Annular solar eclipse is when the Moon appears slightly smaller than the Sun, causing the Sun to look like an annulus or ‘ring’ blocking most of the Sun’s light. This year’s annular eclipse will be visible from China, southern Japan to the western part of the U.S. and Canada, basically hovering over the area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is the area sometimes referred to as ‘Ring Of Fire.’ Will there be any significant earthquake events at that time is something to be watched out for. This eclipse is caused by the alignment of the Earth, Moon and the Sun. But at the same time…
- Stars of the Pleiades will also be aligned with the solar eclipse.
- P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran in Iraq (Ancient Babylon) on May 23;
- Egyptian presidential election to replace 5-men general council on May 23-24;