June 21, 2013

Super full moon shines brightly this weekend

The Associated Press

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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