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Look up in the sky, it's 'supermoon'

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 05:58 p.m. HST, Jun 21, 2013


LOS ANGELES >> A "supermoon" rises this weekend.

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year graces the sky early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth than usual.

While the moon will appear 14 percent larger normal, skywatchers won't be able to notice the difference with the naked eye. Still, astronomers say it's worth looking up and appreciating the cosmos.

"It gets people out there looking at the moon, and might make a few more people aware that there's interesting stuff going on in the night sky," Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory said in an email.

Some viewers may think the supermoon looks more dazzling but it's actually an optical illusion. The moon looms larger on the horizon next to trees and buildings.

The moon will come within 222,000 miles of Earth and turn full around 1:30 a.m. Hawaii time making it the best time to view.

As in any supermoon event, high tides are forecast because of the moon's proximity, but the effect is expected to be small.

Forget about the myths that swirl every time a supermoon appears. There's no link to higher crime or bizarre behavior. Scientists say that's just lunacy.







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Dragonman wrote:
I don't know about crime/strange behavior associated with a super moon but having worked the graveyard shift for a hotel chain in Waikiki for twenty years it certainly seemed like there was more strange behavior and more people getting into trouble wheneve the moon was full.
on June 21,2013 | 06:19PM
bumbye wrote:
It's raining, it's pouring.
on June 21,2013 | 08:44PM
KimoSabey wrote:
Super moon, Superman, and Super tides. The conjunction of the solstice and this phenomenon are wonderful. Some guy will try and cross the Grand Canyon without a net on a wire, and eyes will be turned toward the sky at night . We sure are not in a news cycle of catastrophe, but somebody will blame the moons strength surely for one. Earthquake anyone?
on June 22,2013 | 06:34AM
menehunemimi wrote:
Where on Oahu is the best place to look at it, and what time?
on June 22,2013 | 08:39AM
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