Supermoon 2013 peaking this weekend: Don’t miss it

David DeHetre davedehetre, Flickr Creative Commons

David DeHetre davedehetre, Flickr Creative Commons

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2013- Stargazers and amateur astronomers get a rare chance to view a special supermoon this weekend.  The full moon on June 23 will be the largest full moon of the year, as well as the closest the moon will come to our planet in all of 2013.  All you need to do to see the supermoon is to look up at a clear sky.

Known to astronomers as a perigee full moon, “perigee” refers to the point in the moon’s orbit where it is closest to the center of the Earth during a given month.  Full moons do not always happen during a perigee and this is one not to be missed.   At this point, the sun, Earth, and moon align, with the Earth in the middle.

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