Supermoon to illuminate Sunday night sky
Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:10:02 GMT —
The year's biggest and brightest full moon is set to rise Sunday night.
It's the second "Supermoon" of the summer, and is believed to be the most impressive.
When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth, it becomes a "Supermoon," and will be up to 31,000 miles closer to Earth than other full moons this year.
According to NASA, this weekend's full moon will be 14-percent closer and 30-percent brighter than other moons of the year.
The moon may seem huge when seen close to the horizon, but that's just an illusion caused by the position in the sky. The best time to see the Supermoon is just after it rises, which will be around 8:25 p.m. in Southwest Georgia.
Supermoons aren't all that rare; there are three in a row this summer. This month's full moon has many names. It's known as the Sturgeon Moon in North AMerican referencing back to a time in history when sturgeon fish were plentiful and easy to catch in the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay. It's also known as the Red Moon, the Green or Corn Moon and the Grain Moon. The next Supermoon of the year will be next month, September 9th.
The Supermoon isn't the only event Sunday night. The Perseid meteor shower, with 60 to 80 shooting stars an hour, will peak around 2 a.m. Monday through Wednesday.
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