No, the moon isn't growing in size, it's just closer to our home planet.
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 wakes you up on the night of May 5th, 2012, you might want to get out of bed and take a look. This May’s full Moon is a "super Moon,” as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2012.
Scientists call this giant moon a "perigee moon" because the moon's oval shaped orbit takes it on a path around the earth that is closer to the planet on one side, or perigee. The other side - when the moon is furthest from the earth - is called apogee.
Still following? Good. We continue ... On Saturday at 11:34 p.m. the Moon will reach perigee and appear super sized. Astronomers say that moon will actually look super big before that. When it rises at 7:46 p.m. the Moon will appear larger than usual when compared to trees and buildings in the foreground. According to earthsky.org there will also be bigger tides on Saturday as well.
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