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It's a Bird... It's a Plane... No it's SUPERMOON

by Monty Webb

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 18, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Saturday's full moon will be a SUPERMOON.

A full moon is visible in this view above Earth's horizon and airglow, photographed by Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao on the International Space Station.
CREDIT: NASA

A Supermoon - called a Perigee Moon occurs when a full moon happens to coincide with a close approach of the moon to the Earth.  Saturday's full moon will be the closet to Earth in 18 years.  The distance between the two will be about 221,567 miles, compared to the average distance of 238,000 miles.  NASA says the moon will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter.

While many believe the "Supermoon" can be linked to natural disasters, Space.com says that is not true.

Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and allow us to view the Supermoon.  Moonrise Saturday is at 8:16 pm and the forecast calls for a few clouds.  Be sure to catch this rare event because your next chance won't be until 2029!

 

 

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