`Super Moon' Saturday Night

Get a beverage and a comfy chair because this Saturday night you can witness the biggest moon of the year

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    NEWSLETTERS

    San Diegans will enjoy a phenomenon called, “Perigee Moon,” also known as "Super Moon" Saturday night.

    The massive size of the moon in the sky tonight is due to its elliptical orbit, which makes it change its distance from the Earth all year round.

    On Saturday, the moon will be the closest it has been to the Earth in 18 years according to NASA.

    At 11:34 p.m. on May 5, the Moon will be 15,300 miles closer than average and 30-percent brighter than any other full moon of the year. 

    It will look even bigger when it’s near the horizon than when it’s higher in the sky.

    “The Supermoon will bring unusually high tides because of its closeness and its alignment with the sun and Earth, but the effect will be modest,” said Geoff Chester of U.S. Naval Observatory.

    The last Super Moon was last seen on March 19, 2011.

    Despite popular belief that a full moon makes people do crazy things, there is no scientific proof that outrageous incidents are linked to a full moon.

    So, get out your camera and check out the scenic horizon.

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