'Super Moon' to light up night skies

'Super Moon' to light up night skies

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'Super Moon' to light up night skies

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on March 19, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 20 at 11:45 AM

If the weather cooperates, you'll get to see a rare sight in the night sky this weekend.

Saturday's full moon will be a super perigree moon. This rare celestial event happens when the moon reaches the closest possible point of its orbit around the Earth.

"(It'll be) roughly 14 percent bigger and about 30 percent brighter," said KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marrriott.

Experts say the last full moon so big and close to earth occured in March of 1993.

The question is: Will anyone be able to see it?

"The best time to view it, to get a sense of the size of it, is when it's on the horizon," said Marriott. "Chance of us seeing it at moonrise, which should be around 7:30 p.m. or so, probably sketchy because we'll have the clouds around. It will be hard to see things around the horizon."

Marriott said at some point during the evening, you'll grab a glimpse of the extra large moon.

"It's going to look even better as we head into Sunday and Spring arrives officially," said Marriott.

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