Super full moon shines brightly this weekend

2013-06-23T00:00:00Z Super full moon shines brightly this weekendThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LOS ANGELES - A "supermoon" rises this weekend.

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year graces the sky early today as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth than usual.

While the moon will appear 14 percent larger than normal, sky watchers won't be able to notice the difference with the naked eye. Still, astronomers say it's worth looking up and appreciating the cosmos.

"It gets people out there looking at the moon and might make a few more people aware that there's interesting stuff going on in the night sky," Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory said in an email.

Some viewers may think the supermoon looks more dazzling, but it's actually an optical illusion. The moon looms larger on the horizon next to trees and buildings.

The moon will come within 222,000 miles of Earth and turn full about 4:30 a.m. Tucson time, making it the best time to view.

As in any supermoon event, high tides are forecast because of the moon's proximity, but the effect is expected to be small.

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