The most super of 'supermoons' rises this weekend

Published On: Aug 08 2014 07:22:49 AM CDT

There's a full moon rising this weekend, unlike any we have seen all year. It's 31,000 miles closer than  usual! It's an astronomical event better known as a Supermoon. Dr. Michelle Thaller tells us exactly what it is and why it's so special.


The biggest ‘supermoon’ of the summer will rise over Houston this weekend!

The astronomical event, due to arrive on Sunday night, happens when the moon becomes full on the same day as its perigee, when the moon’s orbit is closest to the earth.

The phenomenon results in a larger, brighter moon. In this case, sky-watchers can expect the moon to look 14 percent bigger and shine 30 percent brighter.

 If clouds obscure the view this weekend, another supermoon is expected to rise on September 9, though it won’t be quite as large. 


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