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Big moon on the rise

Mary Rauto
Monday, May 07, 2012

THE moon was 12 per cent larger than an average full moon last night, making it a super moon.

According to Wikipedia, this was the closest approach the moon would make to earth on its elliptical orbit.

Sanatan Mahamandal of Fiji priest Pundit Ganesh Maharaj said the super moon was significant for Hindus.

He said it marked a special day, especially the evening.

He said it marked the completion of Vaishaka, described by the hindupedia as the lunar month from the day following the new moon.

"All the full moon has an important significance," he said. "It marks the end of the Hindu month.

"We celebrated Ramnaumi recently the birthday of Lord Rama. This month is for offering prayers in the form of meditation."

The Fiji Meteorology Department duty forecaster said while the tides would be slightly higher than usual, there was no need for people to fear flooding for now.

But, she said, the cold weather had to do with a southeast flow coming into the country.

People have been advised to keep warm.