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Full “Super Moon” On June 22-23, 2013

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — There will be a Full Moon on the night of June 22, 2013, but not just any Full Moon, it will be the closest Super Moon of 2013. This Super Moon will appear 13% larger and 30% brighter than normal Full Moons.

The June 2013 Super Moon begins with a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean on Florida’s east coast at 7:41 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

The Moon will be at its fullest (98.8% full) the following morning at 7:33 a.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2013. However, the Moon will set an hour before at 6:36 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

When is the best time to watch the Super Moon?

As the video below explains, low hanging moons near the horizon appear larger to humans. So the Super Moon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the Florida east coast:

During and just after the moonrise at 7:41 p.m. on June 22.

Just before and during the moonset at 7:33 a.m. on June 23.

During and just after the moonrise at 8:41 p.m. on June 23.

A Super Moon occurs because the Moon is in an elliptical orbit around the Earth. When the Moon is closest, it is at its orbital perigee, which is why a Super Moon is also known as a Perigee Moon.

For those planning a stroll along the beach to watch the Super Moon rise on Saturday night, this Full Moon brings along with it a 4-foot plus high tide that will occur around 7:49 p.m., with a few minutes of variation depending on your exact location.

Image and Video Credit: NASA


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