FILE - In this Saturday, May 5, 2012 file photo, a "supermoon" rises behind the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, Greece, southeast of Athens. The phenomenon occurs when the moon passes closer to Earth than usual. The event on Sunday, June 23, 2013 will make the moon appear 14 percent larger than normal, but the difference is so small that most skywatchers wont notice. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
Super full moon shines brightly this weekend
The Associated Press
First Published Jun 21 2013 10:40 am • Last Updated Jun 21 2013 10:41 am
LOS ANGELES • A "supermoon" rises this weekend.
The biggest and brightest full moon of the year graces the sky early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth than usual.
While the moon will appear 14 percent larger normal, most skywatchers won’t be able to notice the difference. Still, astronomers say it’s worth looking up and appreciating the cosmos.
The moon will be closest and turn full around 7:30 a.m. EDT, 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.
Forget about the myths that swirl every time a supermoon appears. There’s no link to higher crime or bizarre behavior. Scientists say that’s just lunacy.
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