Saturday night's full moon (i.e., a somewhat rare "super moon") promises to be 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than your average dingy full moon. Why? Well, according to NASA, it will hover about "50,000 miles closer than its farthest point in its elliptical orbit." Bay City News reports: "Other than its visual impacts, a super moon also creates especially exaggerated tides known as 'perigean tides,' with tidal waters rising about an extra inch, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration." The super moon can also make your pooch howl and/or cause Cher to slap you after coital bliss.
The last lunar celestial sensation happened in 2011 and before that in 1993. Following Saturday's bright orb in the sky, the next super moon is scheduled for 2029.
While Lawrence Hall of Science won't hold any special super moon event come Saturday, "visitors are welcome to go to the hall's outdoor plaza to observe the night skies." Watch the following video to learn more about the super moon of May 2012, presented by NASA.