Saturday, March 19, 2011

On Tap Tonight: A Super Full Moon

A super full moon -- a once-every-18-years event where the moon orbits closest to Earth and appears brightest and largest -- will be visible today.

While the moon is technically full at 2:10pm EDT, the moonrise should be spectacular, especially if your vantage point is through trees or other horizon features, which causes a so-called moon illusion that makes the orb look even larger.

The full moon is technically called a perigee moon because at 208,000 miles it is closest to the earth until 2029, and some 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter.

And lest you be concerned, scientists say that super full moons have no role in natural disasters and tides will be no higher than usual.

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