Being more than 17,000 miles closer than normal, the ‘Super Moon’ will make an appearance Saturday night.
So, grab your telescopes and cameras and look to the heavens when on this day, the “Super Moon,” will be as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full Moons of 2012, according to the NASA website.
“The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993,” Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington D.C. told USA Today.
This Super Moon (a phrase coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979) will appear especially large because the moment of perigee—when the moon is closest to the Earth in its monthly rotation—will coincide with the appearance of a perfectly full moon, Smithsonian points out. During last year’s Super Moon on March 19, 2011, for comparison, the