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Up in the Sky: It's Supermoon!

One of the biggest celestial events is set to occur this weekend. The biggest, brightest moon of the year will peak on&nbsp;<st1:date year="2013" day="23" month="6">Sunday,&nbsp;<st1:date ls="trans" month="6" day="23" year="2013">June 23, 2013</st1:date></st1:date>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<st1:time minute="32" hour="6">6:32 a.m.</st1:time>&nbsp;This type of moon has been dubbed a "Supermoon."

One of the biggest celestial events is set to occur this weekend. The biggest, brightest moon of the year will peak on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:32 a.m. This type of moon has been dubbed a "Supermoon."

On Sunday, the moon will be closer to the Earth than any other time during the year. This upcoming Supermoon will be the closest encounter between the Earth and moon until August 2014.

This year, the moon will be up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the typical full moon. This is a result of the moon reaching its perigee, which is the closest that it gets to the Earth during the course of its orbit, according to NASA.

During perigee Sunday morning, the moon will be just about 221,824 miles away, compared to the 252,581 miles away that it is at its furthest distance away (called the apogee).

The moon will be at apogee only two weeks after the Supermoon, on July 7.

So, set your alarm and prepare for an early morning that is sure to excite any star-gazer or sky-lover on planet Earth.


To learn more about the Supermoon, take a look at these websites:


NASA.gov


EarthSky.org

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