'Super moon' to put shine on night-sky viewing
May 4th, 2012
11:04 AM ET

'Super moon' to put shine on night-sky viewing

Wait until dark Saturday. Dust off your telescope or binoculars. Grab the kids (dust them off too if needed). Go outside. Look up at the moon. Does it look bigger than usual?

According to NASA, this May’s full moon is called a "super moon,” and it will look about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons this year.

Scientists call it a “perigee moon.” Perigee, as all good space and science geeks know, means the moon is as close to the Earth as it will get for a while. The exact time of perigee will be 11:34 p.m. ET Saturday. (Apogee means far away but we don’t care about a distant, tiny dim moon, do we?)

The best time to see the "super moon" is just as it crosses Earth's horizon. The moon always looks biggest then, although why is a bit of a mystery. Go online to find out when the moon rises in your area.

If you get good pictures of the "super moon" - please share with our iReport team.

 

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  1. werewolf1

    You Humans better stay home tonight and lock your doors.

    May 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  2. LINK!

    Play the Song of Time!!

    May 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  3. Dollar Store Soothsayer

    As foretold in the great tale of Rak'na'roon, this moon will bring great destruction upon the earth. The gravitational pull of the moon on this date will shred apart the earth's crust causing magnitude 9 earthquakes all over the world simultaneously. We are helpless in the face of this moon.

    The alignment of Venus in the orbital plain of eternity is perpendicular to the constellation Orion, indicating the passage of a comet through the keyhole of your garage door. When this happens your door will swing open and a terrible wind will blow through your house.

    After the wind has finished blowing, and the moon has entered the gaseous cloud of the milky way, we shall be rescued by an ancient civilization which lives in the sands of the Sahara desert.

    This civilization has been dormant for thousands of years, and will awaken once Mercury crosses the face of the sun at no less than 1/3 of its current orbital speed. This alteration of mercury's speed will cause the magnetic poles of the earth to splinter into 1000 different poles of north-south, making us especially vulnerable to the predicted gamma ray burst from the center of the Milky Way on December 20th (not the 21st, the 21st is the wrong date as foretold by the prophet of Knoxville, Tennessee).

    It's all pretty logical, you just need to keep your eyes open to the changing winds.

    May 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Don

      I hope there is pudding.

      May 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
      • Jeannie from MD

        Oh, yes!

        May 5, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  4. Nah

    I didn't know Rosie O'Donnell was going to be in space this evening, good for her.

    May 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • okuhmno

      Wow, OK. That joke just failed. On so many levels.

      May 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Stephen!

      That comment was beyond ridiculous! At least try to keep on topic!!

      May 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • JMRpdof

      Hahaha, awesome. She hitched a ride to the shuttle on Sarah Jessica Parker

      May 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  5. John

    I thought all the forced, bad comedy was reserved for the comment sections not the actual articles themselves. What's with all the bracketed c r a p jokes? This woman is like a cheap version of the long-dead Henny Youngman ("take my wife... please.")

    May 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  6. Ren

    "The best time to see the "super moon" is just as it crosses Earth's horizon. The moon always looks biggest then, although why is a bit of a mystery." Uhhh has the writer of this article not taken psych 101??? It's called an optical illusion.

    May 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • rosenstingl

      iT APPEARS TO BE AN OTICAL ILUSION BECAUSE PHOTO CAMERAS DO NOT FALL FOR IT. hOVEWER THE EXACT MECHANISM IS STILL A MYSTERY. oLD CHINESE ETCHINGS ALREADY DEPICT IT.

      May 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Harry Manback

      LOL at "Why is a bit of a mystery", it's called relative size. When you have a fixed object (i.e. the horizon in this case) with which to compare the moon, your brain comprehends the size of it in relation to the objects you understand and see. But when it's all alone up there in the wide open sky, it seems so much smaller because there's nothing you can visually compare it to. Think of seeing a boat from shore, and the immensity, then think of how small it looks when surrounded by a vast ocean. It's a similar principle.

      May 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
      • Mick

        I know...why are there so many people who don't get this?

        May 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  7. Jason S

    Oh my gawd the moon is going to crash into the earth!

    May 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • PantyRaid

      yes....

      YES !!!!!

      May 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  8. markishere

    lol, someone still uses IE.

    May 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  9. Concerned person

    IF GOD DOES NOT EXIST WHY CANT PEOPLE FIGHT BACK DEATH.OF COURSE DEATH BRIDGE TO A PLACE WHERE U WILL BE PUT TRIAL AND CONFESS TO A UNBEATABLE POWER !

    May 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • markishere

      what the f*** are you talking about? This article is about the moon.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
      • higgs bosun

        this person is obviously mentally ill...just ignore

        May 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Sherri

      Did you even read the article? It's about the moon – tonight.
      Also, when you use all capital letters, when writing online, it is considered screaming. Please quit screaming at everyone.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Jeezy Creezy

      God hates ALL CAPS, spelling mistakes, and bad punctuation. It looks like you will be punished severely this time.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • satan

      yea. go spread nonsense somewhere else

      May 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Christoph

      The only "unbeatable power" in the universe are physics and chemistry. These laws define absolutely everything.

      May 6, 2012 at 2:13 am |
  10. EJ in Metro Houston

    if this moon is somewhat abnormal then I'm sure the GOP will blame it on Obama.

    May 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • okuhmno

      Agreed.

      May 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  11. opinion8it

    "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come." Joel 2:31.

    May 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • EMJ

      Ugh. Give it a rest, wacko. It's our planet's moon, not your Bronze Age explanation for things you can't understand. The sad part is that you *could* understand them, if you took the time to read some books that were written more recently than the First Century.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Don

      There is no book of Joel asshat.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • Rocinante

        Don, try reading the Old Testament.

        May 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • svann

      The world will end when there is a full moon coincident with a solar eclipse.
      Kramer

      May 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Dollar Store Soothsayer

      "And he spake of a time which foretold the emergence of many morons, eager to express their stupidity."
      -Bob 6:18

      May 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  12. opinion8it

    Isn't the big bloody moon predicted in the bible's Revelations?

    May 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • EMJ

      There are multiple "Super Moons" every year. Relax, it ain't Jesus.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Bob

      Are you really this uneducated?

      May 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • keith

      You should sell your house now in anticipation of the coming Apocalypse.

      May 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  13. Pat

    Since the republicans won't have gotten there yet, I'm sure it will be a wondrous sight.

    May 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • M Houston

      I wish you and all Repugs could join the Grinch in his moon colony.
      Please put that colony on the BACK side of the moon so the rest
      of us don't have to see your ugly faces...

      May 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  14. Idol Girl

    Rats! It's cloudy and rainy in my neck of the woods. Looks like I'll miss it.

    May 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Dollar Store Soothsayer

      Good. This moon will bring much destruction upon the earth, so it might be better that you don't see it. Are you prepared for the advent of Rak'na'roon? The earth will shake and walls will tumble, birds will die and bees will bumble.

      You need a tarot reading.

      May 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  15. carlyjanewg

    http://www.Hear-The-Truth.com

    May 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • Bob

      We're not biting...

      May 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  16. m

    It's a mystery why the moon appears larger when it crosses the earth's horizon? A mystery to whom?

    May 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • wonderbott

      Mystery to the writer – no hi-school science, I suppose ;)

      May 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • larry

      ummmm what mystery as to why it looks larger near the horizon? Need to get writers who gat past the third grade...it's all about optics. it looks larger to us because the human eye has something to reference its size to. If you measure angular distance across the moon at the horizon and at it's apex in the sky they are the same......FACT!
      Therefore it is what we call an optical illusion.

      May 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
      • kerry

        Wrong. It actually *is* a mystery. Objects on the horizon and density of air apparently have nothing to do with it.

        May 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
      • rosenstingl

        yes! It appears to be some trick of the mind. However the frame of reference explanation is not universally accepted. There are other tentative explanations.

        May 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  17. Leigh2

    I enjoy looking at what the heavens have to offer, so I'll be checking it out this evening for sure if it's clear. I might even watch a few werewolf movies. That said, if the moon ever turns blood red, however, then it'll be real time to worry.

    May 5, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Bob

      During some eclipses, the moon turns blood red which is nothing to worry about. As for tonight, it won't.

      May 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Organic1

      The moon appears 'red' due to the atmosphere and dust, but I don't want to cloud the issue with facts...

      May 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  18. Oh Come On

    I remember seeing a super moon in my younger days. It was hanging out a car window. It really was a super pooper.

    May 5, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • SensibleJoe

      Gosh, you're so clever and naughty - NOT...

      May 5, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • scranton

      Hell yes that's funny, lighten up Joe.

      May 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • LOGAN5

      That "super moon" you saw waxing out that car window all those years ago belonged to me. Yes I remember it well, good times!

      May 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
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    May 5, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • Bob

      Please don't post while drinking.

      May 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  20. I THINK BEER IS A TASTY AND DELICIOUS BREAKFAST STAPLE FOR CHILDREN

    THE MOON IS PROOF THAT GOD DOESN'T EXIST

    May 5, 2012 at 5:53 am |
    • Ruhina Khan

      i believe that the moon, sun and stars are proof that God DOES exist.

      May 5, 2012 at 10:48 am |
      • Christian

        I think this statement is proof that you are both unintelligent and willfully ignorant. According to the bible the moon is a light source- a smaller sun. The people who wrote it were idiots and with everything science has discovered- for you to ignore and continue in your bronze mythology is just pathetic.

        May 5, 2012 at 11:55 am |
      • Kimberly

        The proof is in the moon! It's so sad that Christian felt the need to express his feelings the way he did. Perhaps he could think of a more positive way to respond regardless of his opinion.

        May 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
      • johnP

        Actually Christian; if you were to study the hebrew words used, the moon was called a smaller light impling that it reflected the light of the Sun. It is a principle for us Christians that – "Jesus is the Light of the world", and we (His followers) are to reflect His light into a dark world.

        May 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • LOGAN5

        The existence of the moon, sun, and stars only proves that a supernatural source or power was behind their creation. It DOES not prove the existence of a particular deity, much less yours which no doubt is the Christian god.

        May 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
      • JPP

        I believe that the statement, "I believe that the moon exists is proof that god exists" is proof that god exists. Further, I was being totally sarcastic

        May 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • CrazyPeople

      I believe that debates like this prove idiots are eternal.

      May 5, 2012 at 11:01 am |
      • Christoph

        There is no such thing as a "God". God is an imaginary tool for power hungry people to control weak people and suck them dry.

        May 5, 2012 at 11:30 am |
      • johnP

        You mean as God's word tells us "that a fool says in there heart, there is no God". People that say there is no God amaze me, because you place yourselves in the place of absolute knowledge! Now That is being Crazy – People.

        May 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
      • LOGAN5

        Welcome to eternity, idiot!

        May 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
      • Christoph

        @johnP: You are one of those who has an answer for everything. How sad... Religion's books (Bible, Koran, and so on) have covered all spots in the attempt to keep absolute power over (weak) people. And this includes putting all those down who know it better. I'm not all wise, but I know for certain that there is no god. Period.

        May 6, 2012 at 2:07 am |
    • P.Y.

      And you came to this conclusion exactly how??

      May 5, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • BK

      I also think beer is tasty, and i just fed it to my newborn. Now that she is asleep, i can get some much needed rest. I also like to bath in thousand island dressing whilst singing yankee doodle dandy

      May 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • Umadbro?

      Please don't feed the troll...it will only encourage more trolls to show up.

      May 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Escobareezy12

      I think you really need God you possesed blind and ignorant fool!

      May 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • asdf

      So...many...people...trolled...

      Also, nice reference to that other jerk on these boards with your post name. Someone else got it, don't worry.

      May 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  21. helenecha

    In spite of the fact that the moon was actually far from us at that moment in this picture, a distant landscape and buildings could have given us a hand with an eye to making the moon look pretty big from the shot. And we’re pleased to know that the moon always looks biggest while crossing Earth’s horizon. Thanks for sharing the picture, CNN!

    May 5, 2012 at 4:39 am |
  22. raforrester

    "Wait until dark Saturday. Dust off your telescope or binoculars. Grab the kids (dust them off too if needed). Go outside. Look up at the moon. Does it look bigger than usual?"

    You may not want to wait until dark. The full moon will rise just at sunset, at dusk, and that's when it will be most awesome, and APPEAR to be at its biggest because of the illusions discussed here. It may be well above the horizon by full dark.

    May 5, 2012 at 2:57 am |
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  24. whats up?

    Dogs been howling all day around my neighborhood, moon has been bright tonight.

    May 5, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  25. my dog says

    I guess I had better check my spelling. All these years I have been spelling idiot wrong. It is spelled idi*t. Knew I would make you mad. Better take your B.P. med. Love you.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • Norm

      Maybe you talk too much..............

      May 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • chickenlicker

      troll

      May 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
  26. my dog says

    God Bless American, Land of the Free.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
    • Christian Burgess

      God Bless the whole planet, don't know why God would bless invaders

      May 5, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  27. my dog says

    concerning the person that made the remark, stupid americans. Every country are going to have stupid people in it. Some just reveal it more than others. I, personally myself don't think any country should spend millions of dollars to go to the moon. Things like that is what got all our countries in the debt it is in. Not just america is going under. As far the vietnam war, my husband was there. He was raised to respect his country. At that time, you either inlisted, or you were drafted. He WAS NOT a draft dodger. He served his country and now rather forget the things that happened in Vittnam. He know we lost the war. So does other americans. Actually, I don't think anyone won it. They don't have to be reminded by idiots that they served a non willing cause. They ;know it. It was not his choice to go over there and fight, It was the choice of the goverment. Go or go to jail was the choice. Altho his going, has cost him to lose out with jobs in the past, and the agent orange has destroyed his hearing,, he would have rather went then went to jail and had a bad record to haunt him the rest of his life. He has no criminal record as of yet and he is 64 yrs. old. So leave the Vietnam Veterams the hell alone. They have suffered enough and so has the latest veterans coming out of the war that never should have been. And by the way, what the hell does that have to do with the enlarged moon article.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • jeremy

      Well you proved your stupidity when you said space exploration put our country in debt.

      May 5, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • Daveodooo

      Please just SHUT UP. You talk so much. Just because your husband was in Vietnam doesn't make you an expert on anything but your cranky old husband. Go knit some socks for your grandkid and read some history books before you make another comment.

      May 5, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • JOHN316

      She is right morons

      May 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
      • Bob

        Dear John: Sit on it!

        May 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  28. my dog says

    concerning the person that made the remark, stupid americans. Every country are going to have stupid people in it. Some just reveal it more than others. I, personally myself don't think any country should spend millions of dollars to go to the moon. Things like that is what got all our countries in the debt it is in. Not just america is going under. As far the vietnam war, my husband was there. He was raised to respect his country. At that time, you either inlisted, or you were drafted. He WAS NOT a draft dodger. He served his country and now rather forget the things that happened in Vittnam. He know we lost the war. So does other americans. Actually, I don't think anyone won it. They don't have to be reminded by idiots that they served a non willing cause. They ;know it. It was not his choice to go over there and fight, It was the choice of the goverment. Go or go to jail was the choice. Altho his going, has cost him to lose out with jobs in the past, and the agent orange has destroyed his hearing,, he would have rather went then went to jail and had a bad record to haunt him the rest of his life. He has no criminal record as of yet and he is 64 yrs. old. So leave the Vietnam Veterams the hell alone. They have suffered enough and so has the latest veterans coming out of the war that never should have been. And by the way, what the hell does that have to do with the enlarged moon article. Another thing, if it wasn't for the american jobs sent overseas, then they would be in worse shape than us.

    May 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Grammer and spelling

      Before calling US stupid, check you grammer and spellings. Idi*t.

      May 4, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
      • 13directors

        Leave her alone, please.

        May 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
      • my dog says

        If you are refering to me, I don't know if you are or not, for I didn't look thru all the articles again for the one I was referring to. I was not calling the U.S. stupid. I was telling someone that all countries have stupid people in them. I personally don't really call anyone stupid, I was just making a phrase. No, american people are not stupid in my opinion. Nor anyone else. They just make mistakes in their life, and people think they are stupid because they make tose mistakes. LIke me, I make mistakes in my typing. I am not the best speller in the world and don't claim to be. I just hope people has enough since to understand what word I mean. I also don't have the best eyes in the world even with reading glasses, so I am only human and I do make mistakes. I don't see a place on here to be able to check your spelling so every word is spelled correctly. I am only human and I make mistakes. I am sorry if I offened anyone with my mispelling of words. You are going to just have to except it. I also have the right to post commits.

        May 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
      • HearMe

        @my dog says...Switch to Google Chrome. It will help with spelling, but not with grammar. A little, red squiggly underline appears on any misspelled word. Right click on the word while it's underlined and a number of choice will appear, so you can correct the word by clicking on your choice. You may want to keep a dictionary nearby so you can check which choice is right for your intention. Good Luck. Thanks for supporting the vets.

        May 5, 2012 at 12:24 am |
      • eastbayray

        "check you grammer"

        Really, really? you are actually trying to call someone out?
        "Check your grammar", is what you meant, right?

        May 5, 2012 at 1:18 am |
      • Christian Burgess

        You mean Grammar don't you?

        May 5, 2012 at 9:06 am |
      • Lorazepam

        The correct spelling is GRAMMAR, not GRAMMER. Open mouth... insert foot.

        May 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
      • Lorazepam

        t.

        May 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  29. Maythe4thbewithus

    Moon Lunacy strikes again: The impending Supermoon is to an average full Moon what a 16" Pizza is to a 15" Pizza. So chillax. – Neil deGrasse Tyson (facebook)

    May 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
  30. my dog says

    I guess the werewolves would be 14% larger and if mam wemt to the moon, they would have to walk 14% longer distance to get where they needed to go compaired to a normal size moon. Maybe the cost to get there would be 14% cheaper since the moon is bigger.

    May 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  31. my dog says

    I guess cnn didn't like my last post saying its not meant for us to know everything. I made a post and hit post. The words disapeared but was not posted. Must be someone in my family of bros. and sisters working there. They never listen to what I say anyway. A family of know it all. Guess thats where I get it from, but I do give in.

    May 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • politicallyinsurrect

      That happens to me all the time on here. Usually only when I have something really cool to say.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
  32. jamiltepec

    "The moon always looks biggest then, although why is a bit of a mystery."

    Really? This is basic physics and optics. Sorry CNN, your credibility has fallen to the level of Fox.

    May 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • politicallyinsurrect

      There's actually a physiological explanation that is sometimes used to describe it as well. They might have been referring to the fact that it can be explained through different fields of science.

      May 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
      • rosenstingl

        I fully agree. Some time ago I posted a comment along these lines and it did not get through CNN's censorship

        May 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  33. tom hoffelder

    The super moon is super hype. Some people will think it is bigger because they were told it was bigger and brighter. It is true that it is the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. But, it is not that much bigger and brighter that the human eye can tell the difference. If a person looked at every full moon of the year and did not know which ones were average, which one was the largest and which one was the smallest, they could not tell the difference. Of course where the moon is in the sky when you look at it makes a difference. If it is near the horizon, it will look gigantic compared to high in the sky. So if you usually see the full moon higher in the sky and you look at this "super" one, you will say, wow, that moon is really super. I repeat, this is just more sensationalistic hype, like everything else in the news these days.

    May 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • jim

      Whatever. A full moon is always beautiful to look at, but we seldom do because we take everything for granted. If the article gets a few people to stop and look at something beautiful its a good thing. You need to chill, man.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • why999

      What a Negative Nancy? Debbie Downer?

      May 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  34. Susan

    Last time they said there would be a super moon. I sat outside like a fool, and, yes, I saw the moon, but it was not so super. I live in AZ, and it looked like the same moon that we see every night.

    May 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Kris

      No worries Susan...just have a few beers and you'll get the super moon you've always been looking for :)

      May 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • vinysa

      Actually, last year in Tampa the super moon was HUGE when it was rising. I was at the gym and the equipment I was on faced a west towards a window and I was really stumped as why the moon looked so big compared to the Tampa downtown skyline (I had to look it up to see what was going on). I left and watched it rise a bit more as it got dark out and then yeah, it looked like a regular moon. So the article is right; you need to see it on the horizon to get the effect. Really beautiful, though.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
      • Michael

        vinysa, if you were facing west, I am pretty sure you were not looking at the moon.

        May 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  35. bobby

    It's Obama's fault......again.

    May 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • john

      No not Obama. It is Bush's fault.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Carl

      Oh please... this thing was well in motion when Bush was in office, and I didn't see him doing anything to stop it.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  36. gelli

    Mr. Gustafson, are you actually saying that God created the Sun, Earth & Moon at the sizes & distances they are just so we can view an eclipse of the Sun every now & again and also create conditions in our bodies that lead to horrible diseases, pain & suffering even in the very youngest of us? That 'Intelligent Design' seems to have a few flaws in the priorities-does not appear to be that intelligent to me!

    May 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • bobby

      So then YOU are that guy smarter tan God. I was wondering when you'd show up.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
      • J.C.

        ..Man created god ..get it right!

        May 5, 2012 at 4:11 am |
  37. Mark Gustafson

    If you need evidence of the suppression of this information, as actual proof of design eliminates the need for faith and the purveyors of faith, type "moon 2732" into Google. Those that act as arbitrators between man and God are terrified that you will learn that God indeed exists, or that at least a designed unequivocally exists – try it. They deem you unworthy of knowing for the purpose of controlling your every action.

    May 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • JoJo

      Mr. Gustafson, I don't mean to offend you, but I'm a statistician and there is a law which states that no matter how improbable something is, it becomes more probable as the opportunity for it to occur increases. Considering the immense amounts of time and space we're dealing with, these things are not so improbable. Intelligent beings who by chance arose in the universe will marvel at the remarkable coincidences that allowed them to exist and notice those remarkable coincidences.

      May 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
      • davidabarak

        I've never read an explaination of that concept that was as clear as the one you jost posted. If there are "beings" "out there" somewhere, they may also be experiencing some of that misplaced "wow" factor of their existence. If chimps had more self-realization, they might experience it too. We really are just fancy-pants animals, aren't we? ; )

        May 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
      • bobby

        arose from what? Nothing?

        May 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
      • JoJo

        Bobby: "Arose from what? Nothing?"
        Possibly. It's an observable fact that tiny bits of matter and antimatter diverge continually from NOTHING (and then annihilate each other back to nothing). Nothingness is unstable. Read the recent book by physicist Laurence Krauss "The Universe from Nothing".
        By the way, what did your god arise from? Nothing?

        May 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Neeneko

      "moon 2732" just returns real estate ads. Further proof Eris is running things.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  38. cpc65

    Note to self: Buy several clips of silver bullets before sundown Saturday, board up windows and barricade the doors.

    May 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  39. Mark Gustafson

    I want you to think, truly think, about some statistics regarding our satellite.

    The moon is precisely 1/400th the size of the Sun, and is situated 1/400th of the way between the Earth and the Sun – this creates from the vantage point of Earth perfect solar eclipses.

    The moon's orbit of the Earth (viewed against the relatively imobile stars) takes precisely 27.32 Eartth days. The Earth's rotations around the Sun (again viewed from the relatively immobile stars) takes 366 days. If you multiply the two "days" you arrive at 9,999.12 – almost perfectly 10,000.00.

    The moon's mass is 1/81 of Earth's – if you convert this into decimal numbers you arrive at .012345678901234567890123456789 etc (you must locate the proof of this fraction online, it's not hard to find, and not use a simple calculator or one number will be off – see "Explaining The Decimal Expansion of 1/81 Using Calculus" – Cheer & Goldston)

    Returning to the moon's sidereal year – 27.32 Earth days (See NASA eclipse website)

    The mean menstrual period for women on Earth is 27.3 days (see "The Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Menstrual Patterns" – a study that first required them to define the mean by University of Penn doctors)

    The median duration of gestation from assumed ovulation of a human fetus is 274 days (see "The Length of Uncomplicated Human Gestation" – Dep't of Harvard Epidemiology)

    Absolute Zero on the Kelvin scale is, in Celsius, – 273.15 (See Wikipedia – absolute zero)

    Hopefully by now you are seeing patterns – there are many more "profoundly coincidental" results that derive from the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun. If you take these "coincidences" together they are not coincidental at all – the Earth Moon Sun system is designed – it is obvious if you look at the metric equations – and this fact has been obfuscated. We were meant to look at the eclipse, and we were meant to derive out mathematics from looking at these relationships – and so we have, but the truth has been lately suppressed like so many other truths. You need to research yourself and be convinced by your own intelligence, but it is so. If you feel robbed, that all mankind has been and is being robbed, I understand. Love, Mark Gustafson

    May 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • cpc65

      It's made of CHEESE!

      May 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • davidabarak

      If you haven't seen it already, or if you've forgotten a lot of it, you shouls watch the movie "Pi."

      May 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Neeneko

      Yeah.. it is called tide locking. All orbiting bodies do it eventually.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Aletheya

      All of the values you cite – distance Earth to Sun, distance Earth to Moon, orbital periods, length of day, etc., have changed drastically over the last 4.3 billion years, and are in fact continually changing. The moon, for example, was once closer to the earth, and is drifting a little farther away all the time. Whatever numerical coincidences you think you've found (and btw, "almost perfectly" is not the same as "perfectly") only apply to a narrow range of the earth's history, and soon (speaking in terms of geologic time) will no longer hold true. The universe is not static. The solar system is not static. The earth and moon are not static. The length of the day is not static. Etc. Whatever the truth may be about a god or gods or intelligent creative force, your numbers game has nothing to do with anything – except to fool yourself.

      May 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • vinysa

      Psh I learned the thing about the ~28 day cycles and "coincidences" with biology years ago when I read the Sailor Moon manga. Tell me something I don't know.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • politicallyinsurrect

      So what's with the differences at the decimal level? Are you implying that mankind is better at mathematics than god?

      May 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  40. davetharave

    Anything to do with astronomy is fascinating, if the mysteries of outer space are solved it will bring new meaning to our own miserable lives.

    May 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • finallywise

      Yikes, dude, speak for yourself, not me. Why do you need answers to astronomical mysteries for meaning in your life?

      Our lives are abundant with meaning – and you need look no further than doing a kind deed when given the opportunity.

      finallywise

      May 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
      • JT

        While I certainly don't see my life as being "miserable", it is definitely richer for every new thing I learn about the universe.

        May 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Craig Vale

      What I will never be able to wrap my little brain around is the claim that there are more stars than there are grains of sand on all the beaches on earth. How do they make that claim with any amount of certainty ? There must be an algorithm somewhere out there.

      May 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
      • vinysa

        ....because the universe is infinite and grains of sand must be finite or else we'd all be covered in it?

        May 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  41. zieberg2

    I used to be a werewolf, but I'm okay nowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

    May 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  42. silver_bullet

    I was on my roof today an scratched my arm climbing off the house. Since this is a super moon, should I be concerned about becoming a werehouse?

    May 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      If you manage to destroy your house before the full moon comes up, that should protect you.

      May 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
      • JT

        Are you sure it's his house that needs to be destroyed? I thought it had to be the leader of the werehouse pack. You know what? You should just do the whole neighborhood to be safe.

        May 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
      • Moonshine

        Come on guys don't tell him to destroy his house or to destroy the leader of the house, in case he's an american that's what he will probably do and we will see this on CNN the next day.

        May 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
      • davidabarak

        As you chide my countrymen, you apparently have forgotten that it was "stupid Americans" that were the only ones to make it to the moon, the real inventors of the Intternet, inventors of the transistor, the light bulb, powered flight (although there's some contention about that). Should I go on with more 'American achievments? I'm not claiming that Americans are responsible for all achievements, and I'm not claiming that we haven't had some major stumbles, but I will claim that the many, maybe most, of the conveniences you enjoy without a second thought originated here in America.

        We have an eloquent phrase here that we use with people like you – "Bite me."

        May 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
      • Ajoeshmo

        There was one other thing that Americans have done, hmm, what was that, some years ago. Oh yea, WWII we kind of saved Europe’s butt from a bunch of grumpy rather Ill tempered nazi’s.

        May 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
      • Moonshine

        It's funny how americans keep claiming all these inventions to be theirs, every inventions that came out of US was because you guys hired some Jews, German, Asian and other scientist. None of these scientist was ever born in US. Oh yeah WWII, well my father went to that war and US didn't won it, the Allied did. Just like you're claiming about Vietnam, as a matter of fact US never won a single war, i bet you will claim the Iraq and Afghanistan war winning too. It's too funny, oh yeah i forgot about the moon, did you really got there or was it just a hoax? lol

        May 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
      • Child of the corn

        To Moonshine... (guess your not from Tennessee...) Dude... you switch to decaf today or somem?

        May 4, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
    • Jason

      There may be a light chance that you will. But you've got a zero percent chance at becoming a comedian.

      May 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  43. D

    "The best time to see the "super moon" is just as it crosses Earth's horizon. The moon always looks biggest then, although why is a bit of a mystery."

    Uhhh, no it's not. It's refraction of the light through the atmosphere. sheesh.

    May 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • The Big Ragu

      Actually atmospheric refraction at the horizon causes the Moon to looked somewhat squished vertically – smaller not larger that is. The enlarging 'effect' is driven more by the brain comparing distant objects of known size on the horizon to the Moon. A similar effect takes place with the constellations as well – Orion being one of the better examples when appropriately placed.

      May 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • JT

      Nope, it is not refraction. If that were true then measurements of the moon's apparent diameter (say with a ruler) would differ from horizon to zenith, but they do not. Try it. It really is just an optical illusion.

      May 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
      • Len Denney

        Yep...optical illusion...at least according to Alex Filipenko...PhD...Professor of Astronomy...UC Berkley...

        May 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • raforrester

      I just read somewhere (if I can remember where, I'll post a link) that being vertical distorts our judgment of the size of an object. That is, a pole lying on the ground looks a lot shorter than the same pole standing up. They thought it had to do with the fact that falling from height is dangerous, and therefore our brains make it seem higher than it really is. I wonder if that has something to do with why the moon in the sky looks farther away than the same moon near the horizon. Warning, don't try this with a different moon, due to unpredictable tidal forces.

      May 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  44. John D

    The moon's at perigee once a month, so it's kind of overstating the rarity of the event to say that this is the closest the Moon will be to the Earth "for a while."

    May 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Mike B.

      It's the combination of perigee *and* full moon that's occurring here. That doesn't happen every month. ;)

      May 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
      • Craig Vale

        It happens every 28 days, Period! The moon....well that's a different question entirely !

        May 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  45. tomnikoly

    "There's a bad moon on the rise..."

    -John Fogerty

    May 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • The Big Ragu

      Jeez, I thought it was "there's a bathroom on the right"!

      May 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
      • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

        Only on Al Yankovic albums

        May 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  46. jamessavik

    Why am I suddenly growing hair... ACK!.... Arooooooooooooooooo

    May 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      its called puberty, your voice might change as well.

      May 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  47. D50

    Just curious, but does this mean the wearwolves will be 14% bigger and meaner?

    May 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • D50

      werewolves....oops

      May 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
      • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

        Freddy: "Werewolf?"

        Igor: "There wolf."

        May 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • billibie

      Your sooooooooo dumb....everyone knows werewolves dont grow larger in relation to the moon size. LOL

      May 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
      • Annie

        Actually, Annie....you're the dumb one. That was total sarcasim. Unless you knew that, and then I'm the dumb one!

        May 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
      • Ichirou

        @ Annie – I'm pretty sure that was sarcasm, and um, you already called yourself dumb by starting out your reply by saying 'Actually, Annie....you're the dumb one.' =)

        May 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • nick

      There will be 14% more of them and you will be 14 times more likely to get bit.Also, in 14 days X twoooooo you will be howling at the moon.

      May 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
  48. heloise8

    Reblogged this on The Trough.

    May 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  49. TM

    I don't believe it is actually a mystery why the moon looks largest on the horizon. Astronomy's good friend Phil Plait has an explanation:

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/05/13/why-does-the-moon-look-so-huge-on-the-horizon/

    May 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  50. manyote

    I'm just glad that the Grinch is out of the race now as it elliminates all chances of seeing his fat face in the moon when this occurs again next time.

    May 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  51. John

    And two weeks later, moon will be almost precisely at apogee. We DO care because on May 20 the solar eclipse over the western US will be annular, not total, because the moon at that max distance from Earth will appear significantly smaller than the sun.

    May 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  52. The Big Ragu

    One more item. The Moon is actually about 4000 miles (the radius of Earth) farther away from an observer when it's rising than when it's overhead (or nearly overhead). The big moon rising is simply an optical illusion. The constellation do the same thing. Look at Orion when it's rising and compare it's apparent size when it's near the meridian 5 or 6 hours later.

    May 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • arppix

      Wrong – you are not looking through the Earth when the Moon or any celestial object is on the horizon. The reason things look larger near horizon is because your mind has terrestrial objects to compare the sky objects; also there is some distortion due to the increased refraction of the atmosphere – you are looking through ~10's of miles or so of air instead of a few miles overhead.

      May 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
      • brockdiego1

        Wrong. Objects look larger the closer to the horizon they get because of ... wait for it ... refraction. As light reaches the atmosphere at a low angle (closer to the horizon), it refracts (you know, bends), causing the optical illusion of being larger than it is. By your brilliant theory, sailors all celestial objects would appear the same size no matter whether they were directly overhead of at the horizon, but they still look larger when rising and setting.

        May 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
      • The Big Ragu

        Not wrong. My point is that the Moon is FARTHER at moonrise for an observer on Earth than when it's overhead. At moonrise an observer is at an equal distance to the moon as the center of the Earth. Six hours later as the Earth rotates the center of the Earth is essentially behind you as you look up at the Moon. This requires you to subtract the radius of the Earth from your distance to the Moon. The Moon is actually about 4000 miles closer when it's on the meridian (near overhead) than at moonrise.
        Draw a simple diagram. I'm sorry if you can't figure it out.

        May 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  53. The Big Ragu

    BTW the upcoming "Super Full Moon" in May will only be about 1% bigger than last month' s April full moon. Can we please end these pointless stories written by people who have NO idea or understanding of what they're writing.

    May 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • manyote

      OK, stop writing.

      May 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  54. cwditter

    Actually, the moon will only appear 8% bigger, which is actually weak for a perigee moon. Do more homework, CNN
    http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/home/150165245.html

    May 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Brad

      The story quoted the NASA cite which in fact says 14% bigger. While that may be wrong, I would think NASA would be a reliable source to cite. Or is sky and telescope the end all authority.

      May 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
      • The Big Ragu

        NASA PR people obsessively play word games with factual information to the extent of tedious legalize. Would they dare mention in their press release that last month's Full Moon was only 1% smaller than this 'supermoon'. No one called April Full Moon anything like super or even a 'swell moon'. In fact it's essentially impossible to notice a 1% difference in any round object.
        It just NASA hype – technically accurate but way, way misleading, especially when regurgitated by people who have no understandiing of the subject.

        May 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
      • Craig Vale

        If the moon fell in a forest would that account for all the holes we see in Swiss Cheese?

        May 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  55. The Big Ragu

    To the apparently clueless author of this article, the Full Moon ALWAYS rises around sunset. Otherwise it wouldnt be a full moon.

    May 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  56. jj

    It's a wonderful night for a moon dance

    May 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • trinidada

      With the stars up above in your eyes

      May 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
      • Van

        A fantabulous night to make romance

        May 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
      • derk

        'Neath the cover of May skies

        May 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  57. FreedomfromReligion

    Your imaginary friend jesus and his sky-daddy are both fake.

    May 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • sumday

      prove it, and if you can't prove it you are just speculating like all the other people who are so sure their own idea's are right but can not prove it.

      May 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • bob

      Ill prove it first you take a religious saying

      God is great, god is real

      now replace god with spagetti monster

      Spagetti Monster is great, Spagetti monster is real

      both have the same amount of "proof" as each other

      May 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  58. brad

    Moon's going to be HUGE.. proberly have some effect on tides.. like everything that gets blamed on bush administration, wonder how Obama/demoncrats will blame this large moon on bush..

    May 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • manyote

      This is about the moon, the politcal blog is 3 doors down and to your LEFT.

      May 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • John D

      The Moon's orbit around the earth is elliptical, which means it's not always the same distance away.

      The Moon's at perigee when it's at its closest to the Earth, and at apogee when it's the farthest away.
      ...In other words, there's a perigee once a month.

      The only relatively rare thing that's happening right now is that the moon will be full at perigee this month.

      May 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  59. George

    The moon is made of cheese.

    May 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  60. Nik

    uh oh, now look out for the sharks with laser beams on their freak'n heads!!!!!

    May 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • bob

      Im more afraid of bad comedians with keyboards in their hands

      May 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  61. lex luthor32

    I thought perigee meant something like a list of your relatives or ancestors, or you your family was. It could also apply to the same thing about your dog or cat.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • apvaughan

      That would be "pedigree"

      But you were close!

      May 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Sid.

      thats pedigree.

      May 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Kerr Mudgeon

      Are you confusing this term with pedigree?

      May 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • bob

      Ironically this guys name is Lex Luthor a criminal genius. A better name would be Lenny

      May 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Superman64

      Lex Luthor32: You are thinking of "pedigree".

      And my game sucked on the N64. :D

      May 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  62. Russman2008

    I have always assumed the moon looks larger on the horizon due to having something to put it in perspective. Here in utah as it comes up over the mountains there is an item we can see in relation to it which allows our mind to gauge the size. When it is straight overhead there is nothing around it to allow us to gauge the size.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • EvolveNow

      It looks bigger on the horizon because the horizon helps to draw a line across the middle of the moon, showing how wide it is. Also, With the horizon line dividing the moon, you are seeing only half of its hieght, thus the width looks like a much longer measurement than when you can see the whole Moon.

      May 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • m

      atmosperic lensing.

      May 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
  63. Russman2008

    I always assumed the moon looks larger on the horizon due to having something to put it in perspective. Here in utah as it comes up over the mountains there is an item we can see in relation to it which allows our mind to gauge the size. When it is straight overhead there is nothing around it to allow us to gauge the size.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  64. james

    "I curse the Sun so I can howl at the moon." QOTSA

    May 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  65. Larry B

    A quick and easy demonstration to show that the moon is the same size at the horizon as at the zenith is to extend your arm in front of you with the tumb extended. For most people that will pretty well cover the moon both at the horizon and zenith. If you like to be more exact – use a ruler held at arms length and take a measurement for the moon both at the horizon and at the zenith (or anyother location along it's path during the night). You will find the measurement is consistent.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  66. Josh

    The moon appearing bigger on the horizon is an optical illusion due to perspective.

    This is a well known phenomena, as a simple Google search would have revealed... CNN needs to rehire their Science and Space staff.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • bob

      Their science staff is just part time, they work full time on belief section . why the science section is so flawed

      May 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  67. Johnny

    "The best time to see the "super moon" is just as it crosses Earth's horizon. The moon always looks biggest then, although why is a bit of a mystery"

    Do some research, they do know why, I learned about it in my single semester astronomy class in college, you are looking through more layers of the atmosphere than when the moon is straight above causing an illusion that the moon is bigger than it actually is.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  68. Scott

    Another part of the article that may cause misunderstanding: "Perigee, as all good space and science geeks know, means the moon is as close to the Earth as it will get for a while." It will be a while before perigee occurs during a full moon again (several months), but the moon reaches perigee every 27 1/2 days.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  69. rjp34652

    The whole thing is an optical delusion. The Krell from Altair IV are announcing their son's wedding to the earth goddess Gaia. That's all it is. When the marriage is consumated with an invasion of our planet on Dec. 21st., the anti-christ will begin to ascend the throne. The spaghetti monster will be destroyed and all men will eat their own dung. Women will eat cake and the red nosed reindeer will never guide a sleigh again at midnight. Tinkerbell will win the presidential election and Superman will sell his tights on eBay because he's been hired to work as Clark Kent for CNN.

    Other than that it will be a perfectly normal evening.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Mick

      Is this guy the latest GOP presidential hopeful? I thought the deadline had passed...

      May 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  70. SpenderH

    A popular belief, stretching back at least to Aristotle in the 4th century B.C., holds that the Moon appears larger near the horizon due to a real magnification effect caused by the Earth's atmosphere. This is not true: although the atmosphere does change the perceived color of the Moon, it does not magnify or enlarge it.[3] In fact, the Moon appears about 1.5% smaller when it is near the horizon than when it is high in the sky, because it is farther away by up to one Earth radius and also because of atmospheric refraction, which makes the image of the Moon slightly smaller in the vertical direction. (Note that between different full moons, the Moon's angular diameter can vary from 33.5 arc minutes at perigee to 29.43 arc minutes at apogee—a difference of over 10%. This is because of the ellipticity of the Moon's orbit.)

    The angle that the full Moon subtends at an observer's eye can be measured directly with a theodolite to show that it remains constant as the Moon rises or sinks in the sky (discounting the very small variations due to the physical effects mentioned). Photographs of the Moon at different elevations also show that its size remains the same.

    A simple way of demonstrating that the effect is an illusion is to hold a small object (say, 1/4 inch wide) at arm's length (25 inches) with one eye closed, positioning it next to the seemingly large Moon. When the Moon is higher in the sky, positioning the same object near the Moon reveals that there is no change in size.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • The Big Ragu

      Exactly. Accurate and well written.

      May 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  71. SpenderH

    The Moon illusion is an optical illusion in which the Moon appears larger near the horizon than it does while higher up in the sky. This optical illusion also occurs with the sun and star constellations. It has been known since ancient times, and recorded by numerous different cultures. The explanation of this illusion is still debated.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
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    May 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Ryan Lee

      I I guess he likes crap!

      May 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • tb63

      Didn't take long for religion/politics to rear their ugly heads, did it?

      May 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • PhD

      Awww, somebody just learned how to copy and paste, so cute!

      May 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
      • soul68

        ..and not very well it appears.

        May 5, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • LonesomeJoe

      We're really glad to know this....

      May 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • TRUTHsquad

      Please learn how to spell.

      May 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • EB

      If you are going to be offensive, at least learn to spell.

      May 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • TM

        I think he was trying to subliminally make you think of pugs when you think of republicans. You know, the snub faced retarded looking dogs that often require diapers. Why is it necessary to spell to be offensive? You must have known what he meant despite his misspelling. Incorrect spelling of the word had no effect on getting the message across. If that was the only thing that you found in that message to attack, you may want to consider more schooling. Please excuse my gender specific pronouns.

        May 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • All WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY

      ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY.

      May 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • D Hoo

      The myth of spelling is used to manipulate and control, English is a pile of lexical words!

      May 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • ReallyinSuwanee

      Really. Are you an Islamic terrorist promoting Jihad or something? You can't be a Democrat – at least they know how to spell Republican.

      May 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • rjp34652

      Who are Repuglicans? Is that like a small dog with a smushed in face?

      This man is making fun of people who have faith. Does that mean he hates God or that he doesn't give a feces?
      If he doesn't give a feces, why is he throwing so much around? Does he eat with the same hand he pitches with?
      This guy is so full of feces that he can't throw it away fast enough.

      If faith in God is control, it sure looks to me like that guy has lost his own sphincter control. What a load of crap.

      but that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

      May 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
      • tb63

        Where are you tracie? We're talking feces here!

        May 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Duh.

      Seriously? I'm not defending this nitwit, but "Repuglican" wasn't a misspelling, it's a slang, trendy term combining "repugnant" and "republican". http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Repuglican

      May 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
      • EvolveNow

        The trouble with politics in this country is not apathy on the part of the voters, but the apathy of our elected officials to work together on wins for the country verses wins of Republican ethics and values over those of the Democrats. We elect them to go to Washington and work together on creating the best and longest benefits for the country as a whole, not see how badly they can delay and derail the other party's efforts! Get it through your thick skulls Congressmen and Congresswomen! You are more easily replaced than any non-union worker...

        May 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • MandoZink

      You are an embarrassment to us liberal non-theists. Get a grip. Educate by example, not by being a jerk. Please!

      May 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • Rationalintn

      Thanks. You made me laugh.

      May 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • jamesB

      This guy's wife needs to hide the axe immediately.

      May 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • raforrester

      You missed a carriage return somewhere in the middle there. A post loses its impact when there are typos, so be sure to proofread before posting.

      May 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • cpc65

      I agree with line one. Line two I would ascribe to both political parties. I'm not so sure about lines three through 127 though.

      May 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • scranton

      You will always be at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, and what really sucks is my tax dollars will have to subsidize your sorry butt till you are in the grave. Losers are in abundance.

      May 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • markishere

      The presence of you is a failure of nature

      May 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  73. Tr1Xen

    "Grab the kids (dust them off too if needed)."

    LOL

    May 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • EvolveNow

      Ironic to say that on a website, of which the parent is most likely reading while still in their pajamas, working on that 3rd cup of Friday AM coffee/espresso and trying to wake up after 2 hrs sleep, due staying up late surfing the web or watching cable/satelite/hulu TV. Not that he/she can remember much of what they stayed up that late to watch, but I'll garuntee you that their children have less dust on them than our obeese and out of shape adults have on themselves.

      May 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  74. TIm

    This is why you can't legalize drugs. Clearly the population that chose to write most of these comments are already too stupid to breathe!

    May 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • rjp34652

      Not stupid man. It's just a slow Friday at work.

      hahahahahahahaha

      May 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  75. Ryan Lee

    Amazing CNN doesn't give photo credit for the above image, so I will do it for them : Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

    May 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Keane

      They did. It's in the upper right corner of the image.

      May 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
      • Ryan Lee

        LOL, NASA is pretty big, over 18,800 and I know Bill Ingalls, so I do have reason to help him out.

        May 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  76. Tr1Xen

    Too cool. I'll be in Tulsa tomorrow night to see Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, and we'll probably be just leaving the concert about that time. However, he'll be performing "The Wall," not "Dark Side of the Moon." ;)

    May 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  77. David

    The reason the moon looks bigger at the horizon is a well-known optical illusion related to how the brain perceives objects. As you look to the horizon, you see all the other objects along the ground at the horizon. Your brain interprets that as distance. When the moon is overhead, you have no visual cues to distance, so your brain interprets the object as farther. It's something that has been used in paintings for 1000's of years.

    May 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Skyler Dexter

      Huh! So, out on the open ocean, where there are no buildings nor mountains for reference, the Moon _doesn't_ seem larger? I'm not sure . . .

      May 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • Mick

        I've always held the notion – as David does – that the moon seems bigger near the horizon because we're comparing it to the size of surrounding objects. When it's out in the open sky it seems dwarfed by all the empty space. So it would be interesting to see if the illusion of differing size holds over open ocean, where there are no objects on the horizon. I would hazard a guess that it wouldn't...the apparent size would remain the same regardless of position.

        May 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  78. wakeupALL

    the END IS NEAR! this event will bring major earthquakes!

    May 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  79. TBoone

    ahwoooooooooo wooot woot ahwooooooooooooool howoooooooooolll woot ahwooooooooooool

    May 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • RZ70

      "woot"?

      May 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  80. tb63

    OMG it's Nibiru!

    May 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  81. tracie

    I wish someone would take a dump in my mouth.

    May 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  82. Al

    This is all because of Global Warming. We knew this would happen one day.

    May 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Jake

      This is has nothing to do with global warming...

      May 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • TBoone

      Hooowlllll woooo howoooooooooooool

      May 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • putabby

      the supper moon has been happening for years its not because of global warming.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  83. Jim

    There is an amazing sky show going on every clear night. To best enjoy what the sky has to offer, you can help reduce light pollution by aiming your lights down and shielding them from pointing toward your neighbors and up at the sky.

    May 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  84. CaEd

    Best warn all pilots about this.

    Ever since the Air Canada pilot took evasive action from hitting Venus we can't be too careful.

    May 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • lewvsal

      "The exact time of perigee will be 11:34 p.m."
      type in 1134 on a calculator and turn it upside down....HELL. This is the end everybody

      May 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
      • Ryan Lee

        That must be some good smoke you have!

        May 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  85. PeteInOhio

    The moon looking larger at moonrise or set is not a mystery. It's atmospheric lensing. You can see this every night when it's clear. The big dipper and other constellations look small when directly overhead and large as you look north late at night when they're on the northern horizon. The sun also does this. Having a super moon will be a treat because its closeness will compound its perceived size.

    There are folks who dispute atmospheric lenses. On clear crisp nights/days, the lensing does not occur or is reduced. My theory is that when there is a lot of humidity/moisture in the air, it follows the atmosphere's natural curve (following the curve of the earth), serving as a convex lense - spreading out the light - the closer you get to the horizon, resulting in celestial bodies appearing larger.

    May 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • SpenderH

      Sorry, PeteInOhio, but you are incorrect. Scientific instruments show the apparent size of the moon is no different near the horizon than directly overhead. If you zoom in a camera to fit the entire moon just barely into the frame at moonrise, and check it again when it is directly overhead it will still just fit into the frame. The illusion is caused in your brain. Scientists do not know the mechanism which causes the illusion.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
      • PeteInOhio

        Umm. I have done so. Thanks for your reply though.

        May 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
      • Les

        The moon is only as large as a dandelion flower. I zoomed in on one of them until it filled in the entire screen. Comparing it with a moon picture that I did the same thing with clearly proves that the moon is the same size as the dandelion flower...Who woulda thunk?

        May 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
      • Geoffrey Atkin

        This is an interesting point, and reasonably contradicts what I'd always figured (lensing). But I must say, there have been times when the moon appears larger near the horizon to me at some times as compared to others (rather than simply compared to the appearance higher in the sky). I'd always attributed the discrepancy to atmospheric conditions varying between the two occasions, therefore causing more or less of the lensing effect.

        May 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • byce

      Exactly. Hard to believe this well-understood phenomenon is still "a mystery" to someone who is allowed to write articles for a science-oriented webpage.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
      • Jim

        It is an illusion. If you do the math you'll know that it isn't lensing. The Moon takes about 1/2 half of a degree, and the horizon is a circle of 360 degrees. This is no different than any other circle of 360 degrees. Now if the Moon would actually be lensed, it would appear LARGER than 0.5 degree. In order for this to take place, the remaining 359.5 degrees would need to expand by the same proportion. It just doesn't work. The Moon (and other objects near the horizon) are actually REFRACTED however, which is what gives the Moon its "squat" appearance (see photo above) which makes it appear to be LESS than 1/2 degree in the vertical dimension.

        May 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • SpenderH

      PeteInOhio: Then why do you still claim atmospheric lensing to be a fact? Scientific instruments prove the angular size of the moon is not larger near the horizon. Read the wikipedia page for "moon illusion" for more information. It is a mental illusion, though the cause is unknown.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • devin

      the reason objects look bigger on the horizon is because there are other things to compare them to (like buildings and tees). it has nothing to do with the atmosphere, it's just an optical illusion.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • David

      Atmostpheric lensing is not the issue. It's a well-known issue of perception that has been used in art for 1000's of years. Your brain gives distance to something at the horizon because of the other objections you see along the ground, and therefore interprets the moon as larger. When it's overhead and there are no objects, your brain thinks it is closer, so interpret it as smaller. Opposite to common sense, but easily demonstrated with simple artwork. Probably a bunch of facebook illusions to demonstrate it for you.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • paul

      That is actually incorrect. the phenomenon which makes the moon appear larger at the horizon is a trick of the mind. Actual measurements of the moon appearing larger at the horizon will be the same as the moon at the zenith.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • MandoZink

      The atmosphere may refract (bend) light, but it darn sure doesn't magnify it! If everything on the horizon was magnified by, say 10 percent, then your field of vision would require 396 (360 + 36) degrees of rotation to contain the panoramic image. It cannot do that.

      The illusion is one of perspective, NOT magnification. This is bad science!

      May 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Len Denney

      Nope...optical illusion...at least according to Alex Filipenko...PhD...Professor of Astronomy...UC Berkley...

      May 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  86. JT

    Well I guess it's not a good sign that it was halfway in the sky at 6 PM the past few days... guess I won't get to see it near the horizon, but I will make an effort to dust off the telescope or at least the binoculars :)

    May 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Jim

      Full Moon rises at sun set, and sets at sun rise. It has been halfway in the sky at 6pm recently because it was not yet opposite the sun. Watch the position of the Moon around the same time each day/night and you will see that it moves approximately the same distance eastward each day/night.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  87. Al

    It's closer than usual already. I jumped up last night and was almost able to touch it. I can't wait for Saturday, I'll reach it for sure!

    May 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • rjp34652

      Grab a piece for me will you? I always wanted a piece of moon cheese to go with my apple pie and ice cream.

      May 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  88. Jeff

    I love the moon, but it makes my wife crazy ... mmmmm ... about every 28 days or so.

    May 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Annie

      That was prett darn funny Jeff! Thanks.

      May 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • thermal rider

      The (average) woman's cycle is 28 days. However, the moon's cycle is 29 1/2 days (Full-moon to Full-moon). They don't match up. After 9 months or so, the cycles would be completely out of phase. Sorry, you cannot blame the moon....

      May 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • m

        Entrainment. Yes it does line up

        May 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • rjp34652

      Glad that works for you. Personally I prefer wine and chocolate.

      May 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  89. Starmuncher

    Uh... does that last line acutally say "Go online...???" Really. Dangy, I guess I need to learn how to do that! Do I hafta use one of those google machines for it?

    May 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm |

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