June 22, 2013

'Supermoon 2013': Don't miss the biggest, fullest and brightest moon this weekend

Stargazers and amateur astronomers will get a rare chance to view a special supermoon this weekend. The largest full moon this year, also known as the supermoon, will brighten the night sky this weekend.

On Sunday, at 7 am EDT, the moon will reach perigee - the point closest to earth in its orbit, a distance of 221,824 miles.

During Sunday's phenomenon, the moon will seem about 12.2 percent larger than it will look on January 16, 2014, when it will be at its farthest from the Earth during its apogee, Fox News reported.

The word “supermoon” was first used 30 years ago by astrologer Richard Nolle, but has only come into popular usage since 2011

Additionally, the near coincidence of Sunday's full moon with perigee will also result in a dramatically large range of high and low ocean tides.

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