'Supermoon' May Outshine Meteor Shower This Weekend - Yahoo! News

The biggest full moon of the year, a so-called "super moon," will take center stage when it rises this weekend, and may interfere with the peak of an annual meteor shower created by the leftovers from Halley's comet.

The supermoon of 2012 is the biggest full moon of the year and will occur on Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT (0335 May 6), though the moon may still appear full to skywatchers on the day before and after the actual event. At the same time, the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will be hitting its peak, NASA scientists say.

"Its light will wash out the fainter Eta Aquarid meteors," NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center told SPACE.com in an email. Still, Cooke said there's a chance that the brightest fireballs from the meteor display may still be visible.

Meteor Shower To Coincide With ‘Supermoon’ This Weekend

Peak viewing conditions for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which occurs annually when Earth passes through the debris trail from Halley’s Comet, will begin on the evening of May 5 and last until the early morning hours on May 6, NASA officials announced earlier this week.

The meteor shower, which is caused by the cosmic debris from the comet burning up in our planet’s atmosphere, produces between 40 and 60 meteors per hour under ideal conditions, the US space agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

However, they report that a full moon will occur on May 6, and the light from the full (or nearly full) moon will make it more difficult to observe the Eta Aquarid meteors this year.

“NASA fireball cameras have already detected several bright Eta Aquarid meteors this year, so the odds are pretty good that a bit of Halley’s Comet can be seen over the next few days,” they said. “Ideal viewing conditions are clear skies away from city lights, especially just before dawn.”

The exact time of the next SUPER full moon is:
Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 05:35:06 am
Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Moon sign: Scorpio 16° 01'

Here you find this time converted into different timezones for other cities:
SYDNEY = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 01:35:06 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 12:35:06 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 11:35:06 am (CST)
DELHI = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 09:05:06 am (IST)
MOSCOW = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 07:35:06 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Sunday, 6th May 2012, 05:35:06 am (CEST)
LONDON = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 04:35:06 am (BST)
RIO = Sunday * 6th May 2012 * 12:35:06 am (BRT)
NEW YORK = Saturday * 5th May 2012 * 11:35:06 pm (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Saturday * 5th May 2012 * 10:35:06 pm (CDT)
LOS ANGELES = Saturday * 5th May 2012 * 08:35:06 pm (PDT)
HONOLULU = Saturday * 5th May 2012 * 05:35:06 pm (HAST)

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