"Super Moon" Coming; Elliptical Lunar Orbit To Bring Moon Close to Earth on March 19 (VIDEO)

"Super Moon" Coming; Elliptical Lunar Orbit To Bring Moon Close to Earth on March 19 (VIDEO)

"Super Moon" Coming; Elliptical Lunar Orbit To Bring Moon Close to Earth on March 19 (VIDEO)

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"Super Moon" Coming; Elliptical Lunar Orbit To Bring Moon Close to Earth on March 19 (VIDEO)


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No, "super moon" isn't the name of your cousin's band. It's a rare phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit gets unusually close to earth. And Saturday, March 19, will be the first "super moon" in almost 20 years.



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Full moons appear to range in size because the moon’s orbit is elliptical. A super moon makes the moon seem about 15 percent larger and 30 percent brighter.



So when’s the best time to peep the super moon? Watch for it just as it rises above the horizon in the east. Low-hanging trees and buildings will frame it nicely while also giving you a point of reference for the apparent increase in size. Don’t forget to howl accordingly.