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'Supermoon' coincides with Cinco de Mayo

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Supermoons are fairly common. The last one occurred March 19, 2011, and produced a full moon that was almost 400 kilometers closer than this one will be. (Source: CNN) Supermoons are fairly common. The last one occurred March 19, 2011, and produced a full moon that was almost 400 kilometers closer than this one will be. (Source: CNN)
The March 19, 2011 supermoon. (Source: Caitlin Williams) The March 19, 2011 supermoon. (Source: Caitlin Williams)

(RNN) - Should you choose to celebrate Saturday's Cinco de Mayo with a few margaritas, be forewarned. The giant moon in the sky is not caused by the effects of the alcohol.

Due to the moon's position in the sky, its relationship to the Earth and the fact that it occurs during a full moon, what you'll see late on the night of May 5 is called a "supermoon."

At precisely 11:34 p.m. ET, the moon will be at its perigee, the closest point to the Earth along its elliptical orbit. The moon will also be full, making for quite a spectacle.

"The centers of the earth and moon will then be 221,801 miles apart, 17,056 miles closer than average," according to a Griffith Observatory Sky Report.

Supermoons are fairly common. The last occurred March 19, 2011, and produced a full moon that was almost 400 kilometers closer than this one will be.

But don't worry, this spectacular sight won't be bringing about the end of the world – there's still plenty of 2012 left for that debacle to happen.

"The effects on Earth from a supermoon are minor," said Dr. James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in a statement.

In most places, high tide will only be a few centimeters higher than usual, said NASA's Tony Phillips in a recent report.

However, it will make for spectacular photo op. The moon will be "14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons of 2012," Phillips said.

The best time to take in the sight will be when the moon is near the horizon.

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