This past weekend, the moon appeared 15% percent larger than a full moon at its farthest distance.
The full Moon has a reputation for trouble. It raises high tides, it makes dogs howl, it wakes you up in the middle of the night with beams of moonlight stealing through drapes.
If a moonbeam woke you up Saturday or Sunday night May 5th or 6th, 2012, I hope you got out of bed to take a look. This May’s full Moon was a “super Moon,” as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2012.
The supermoon of 2012 rises over Toronto, Ontario, Canada in this spectacular photo by skywatcher Reuben Opena taken on May 5, 2012 during the biggest full moon of the year.