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(Source: CBSMiami/Dave Game) the 2011 Supermoon rises over Miami

(Source: CBSMiami/Dave Game) the 2011 Supermoon rises over Miami

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Wanna get mooned? Saturday night is the perfect time because following sunset on Saturday, the sky will be lit by a “supermoon”, the biggest and brightest full moon of the year.

There’s also a meteor shower from Halley’s comet peaking tonight, too, adding to the sky show.

The moon will be up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full Moons of 2012, according to NASA.

That’s because it will reach perigee, its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit, at 11:34 p.m. EST and become full just a minute later.

Super perigee moons happen about once a year on average and can cause slightly higher tides than normal.

The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which is associated with Halley’s comet, will coincide with the coming perigee moon. Its light will likely dim all but the brightest meteors.

A good time to watch is during moonrise or moonset. At these times, due to reasons astronomers don’t fully understand, the moon can appear much larger than when it is higher in the sky.

 

 

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