Saturday, March 19, 2011

SuperMoon tonight, March 19, 2011

Full moon. Image: morgueFile
Are you ready for the largest full moon in nearly 20 years? Grab your binoculars and head outside this evening.

The moon will appear largest when it's near the horizon.

Tonight's full moon will be a SuperMoon - up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a normal full moon. Last time this happened was in March of 1993.

Tonight's moon will be at its closest point to earth, at perigee, in its oval orbit. Along with this phenomenon come the perigean tides, when water is pulled about an inch higher than usual. Nothing to worry about, though, according to the experts.

The full moon in March is called the Full Worm Moon. Earthworm activity brings the return of robins. Other names for the full moon in March include the Full Crow Moon, Full Crust Moon, Full Sap Moon, and Lenten Moon.

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