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Supermoon Looms Large Over Earth

June 24, 2013

John Goss

Over the weekend, the full moon became a ",b>supermoon," being closer to Earth than any other full moon of the year.

At its nearest Sunday, the moon appeared 7 percent wider and 15 percent larger than the average full moon, and it was 18,000 miles closer, just 222,000 miles away.

Saturday's full moon lay in the same low region of the sky where the December sun shines. It traced a shallow arc beginning in the southeast 30 minutes before sunset, then ending in the southwest 15 minutes after sunrise.

The next supermoon can be seen next year on Aug. 10.

"The moon was only visible full or at all for a few minutes because of the cloud cover," photographer Don Petersen wrote in an email. "Luckily the clouds broke long enough to capture it in full view looming behind the Mill Mountain Star."

- John Goss and The Roanoke Times

Source: Copyright Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA)

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