There’s going to be an extra-special moon this weekend.On august. 10, when the moon turns full at 2.10 pm EDT (11pm PST), sky watchers will be treated to the sight of a so-called “super moon” – and it will be the largest super moon of the year, Huffington Post reports.
The phenomenon – any full moon that coincides with the time in the moon’s orbit when it’s closest to earth – should be visible on sunday night after sunset.
How spectacular will this super moon be?
In comparison to other full moons, super moons can be up to 14 percent closer and 30 percent brighter, according to NASA. In addition, the august 2014 super moon will become full during the same hour that the moon comes closest to the earth (lunar perigee), meaning it will outshine other full moons that have fallen on the same day as the lunar perigee.
The august super moon may also pair nicely with the Perseid meteor shower, which should be visible this weekend when earth passes through the debris zone left by Comet Swift–Tuttle. The Perseids, which may offer sky watchers a view of 100 shooting stars per hour, will peak between august 10 and 13.
This year was an exceptional one for super moons, with three appearing in a row –one each in july, august and september. The next super moon will fall on september 9, 2014.
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