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Coming up Sunday is the Full Moon. You may have seen it called the “super moon” on the internet. Depending on where you live on the planet, the moon should appear about the same size on the evenings of both June 22nd and 23rd. The reason for this is that the moon not only full but will be at its closest to Earth for this year. This will happen just one hour after the point of full moon.

Astronomers call this closeness “perigee”. There is one a perigee each month and one each year. This coming Sunday the Moon be at the perigee for 2013. To get even more scientific this will actually be a perigee syzygy moon meaning the moon is at its closest and the Sun, Moon and Earth are on in alignment. The Moon’s distance from us will be 221824 miles. And in case you are wondering, it will appear 14% larger and 30 % brighter. So hope for clear skies so you can get a peak at the largest moon of this year. You won’t see it this large until August of 2014.

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