Super Moon May 2012: Pictures Of Previous Super Moons From Across The Globe [PHOTOS]

  • Spring buds are silhouetted against the rising full moon in Washington
    Spring buds are silhouetted against the rising full moon in Washington, March 19, 2011. Saturday saw the rise of a full moon called a "Super Moon" when it arrived at its closest point to the Earth in 2011, a distance of 221,565 miles or 356,575 km away Reuters
  • A passenger in the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel is silhouetted by the moon in Vienna
    A passenger in the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel is silhouetted by the moon in Vienna March 20, 2011, a night after the super moon phenomenon. Reuters
  • The full moon rises behind the U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington
    The full moon rises behind the U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington March 19, 2011. Saturday saw the rise of a full moon called a "Super Moon" when it arrived at its closest point to the Earth in 2011, a distance of 221,565 miles or 356,575 km away. Reuters
  • A full moon rises above the skyscrapers in Times Square and the Empire State Building in New York
    A full moon rises above the skyscrapers in Times Square (L) and the Empire State Building (R) in New York, March 19, 2011. Saturday sees the rise of a full moon called a "Super Moon" when it arrives at its closest point to the Earth in 2011, a distance of 221,565 miles or 356,575 kilometers away Reuters
  • The moon is seen over La Paz city
    The moon is seen over La Paz city March 19, 2011. Saturday sees the rise of a full moon called a "Super Moon" where it arrives at its closest point to the Earth in 2011, a distance of 221,565 miles or 356,575 km away. Reuters
  • The moon is seen behind the top of the radio and television tower 'Funkturm' in Berlin
    The moon is seen behind the top of the radio and television tower 'Funkturm' in Berlin March 19, 2011. Saturday will see the rise of a full moon called a "Super Moon" when it arrives at its closest point to the Earth in 2011, a distance of 221,565 miles or 356,575 km away. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) Reuters
  • The moon rises over Amman
    The moon rises over Amman March 19, 2011. Saturday will see the rise of a full moon called a "Super Moon" when it arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2011, a distance of 221,565 miles or 356,575 kilometers away. Reuters
  • The moon is pictured behind street lamps in Lausanne
    The moon is seen behind street lamps in Lausanne March 19, 2011. Saturday will see the rise of a full moon called a "Super Moon" when it arrives at its closest point to the Earth in 2011, a distance of 221,565 miles or 356,575 km away. Reuters
  • Greg Kerr and Allie Mahoney skate under a full moon on Pigeon Lake near Bobcayeon Ontario
    Greg Kerr and Allie Mahoney skate under a full moon on Pigeon Lake near Bobcayeon Ontario March 19, 2011. Saturday saw the rise of a full moon called a "Super Moon" where it arrives at its closest point to the Earth in 2011, a distance of 221,565 miles or 356,575 km away. Reuters
  • The moon is seen over Vina del Mar city
    The moon is seen over Vina del Mar city, about 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Santiago, March 19, 2011. Saturday sees the rise of a full moon called a "Super Moon" where it arrives at its closest point to the Earth in 2011, a distance of 221,565 miles or 356,575 km away.The moon is seen over Vina del Mar city, about 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Santiago, March 19, 2011. Saturday sees the rise of a full moon called a "Super Moon" where it arrives at its closest point to the Earth in 2011, a distance of 221,565 miles or 356,575 km away. Reuters
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The largest full moon of the year will be seen on May 5 when the moon reaches its Lunar Perigee, the period of time when it is closest to Earth. 

The full moon is expected to appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than an average full moon, reported the Examiner. The moon is expected to reach perigee at approximately 11:34 p.m. on Saturday. One minute later, the Moon will line up with the Earth and become extraordinarily bright.

The moon follows an elliptical path around the Earth. One side, known as the perigee is approximately 50,000 km closer to than the other side, the apogee, according to NASA. Full moons that orbit on the perigee side of the Moon's orbit are brighter and bigger than any other month.  The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is approximately 238,000 miles. However, when it is is in perigee on May 5, it is expected to be approximately 221,802 miles away.

Last year's super moon, which occurred on March 19, 2011 was approximately 221,567 miles from the earth, reported RTTNews.

NASA reports that the best to like for the moon in perigee is when it is near the horizon.

For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects, said NASA in a statement. On May 5th, this Moon illusion will amplify a full Moon that's extra-big to begin with.

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