May 5, 2012
Stargazers and photo hobbyists should hope for a clear night sky if they want to catch a glimpse of the biggest supermoon happening tomorrow. According to the experts the moon will be at its closest point to the Earth making the moon to appear like a gigantic ball of light in the sky.
On Space.com they said that the moon will officially become full at exactly 11:35 p.m. EDT Saturday (11:35 a.m. in Manila). Also they added that the moon will be swinging around the Earth at its closest distance of 221,802 miles or 356,955 kilometers. At this distance the moon will be extra-big and extra-bright full moon that will give skywatchers a spectacular view of the night.
There are myths and rumors that the ‘supermoon’ may cause calamities around the world. Some say that it will bring earthquakes and extreme tidal effects because the gravitational pull of the moon is at its strongest at this time. And others say that the supermoon can make some people ‘crazy’ driving them mad that would cause them to hurt themselves or the people around them.
Here in the Philippines, old folks are saying that ‘magical’ and ‘mysterious’ creatures became powerful during full moon. But similar to the rumors above experts say that these myths were just a thing of the past and there is no evidence found until this day that will prove that it’s true.
Remembering my childhood days, full moon is the best time where ‘taguan’ (hide and seek) and ‘patintero’ can be played at its best. There were no fancy gadgets like iPads, PSP or Xbox during those times. Today the youngsters were so very pre-occupied by these gadgets making them difficult to persuade to playing these kinds of ‘physical’ and ‘social’ sports.
Similarly, my son was in the same situation but I make sure that he also enjoys the same experience that we had back then. When it’s full moon I normally brought him outside the house after turning all the lights out. This way he could appreciate one of the natural wonders of this world that was indeed – priceless.