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Supermoon on Cinco de Mayo(May 5th)

If the skies are clear on Saturday night, and in the Chippewa Valley the skies may stay rather cloudy, you’ll be able to see an uncommonly enormous and spectacular Moon. On Saturday at 10:34 p.m. Central Standard Time, the Moon will reach perigee — the point at which the Moon’s elliptical orbit puts it as close as it ever gets to Earth. A minute later the Earth, Moon and sun will also line up. The result: a “Supermoon” that appears 14% bigger and 30% bigger than any other full Moon.

"The full Moon has a reputation for trouble," wrote Tony Phillips, an astronomer who maintains NASA's Science News site. "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.

For all the folklore about full moons and mental illness ("lunacy"), social scientists have searched in vain for correlations between the moon and crime rates or admissions to psychiatric institutions.


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