Supermoon: Why you'll want to moon gaze tonight

Supermoon: Why you'll want to moon gaze tonight

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the supermoon! Looking up into the sky on Saturday, June 22 or Sunday, June 23 will bring you a treat of seeing a perigee moon, or supermoon, the largest full moon of 2013.

At its fullest and closest, the moon will appear about 12% larger than normal. A supermoon is when a full moon or a new moon makes the closest approach to the Earth on its orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the moon as seen from Earth.

On Friday, I got out early to take pictures of the sunrise on the summer solstice. After reading about the supermoon, I knew I had to follow up with some pictures of this yearly event.

I noticed how large the moon appeared around 8:00 p.m. yesterday and wanted to take pictures later in the night. The moon will technically become full at 6:32 am Central Daylight Time on Sunday, however the moon earlier on Sunday morning already appeared full.

Early this morning, 12:15 a.m. to be exact, I was able to photograph the moon from my own backyard. Clouds were slowly  passing through, but nevertheless, my entire backyard was lit with moonlight.

Our dog was probably wondering at first why Fran and I were sitting in the backyard after midnight, but I think he was actually happy that his territory was easily navigated in the bright light. It also helped that it was a warm night with a light breeze. Perfect for moon gazing.

supermoonViewing the supermoon is simple. The forecast for Sunday night in Chicago calls for partly cloudy skies. That means, you need only find an open space where you can view the moon such as the lakefront or even your own backyard as I did.

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What better excuse to moon gaze than to catch the supermoon, which only happens once a year. Take a minute, turn off your cell phone and take a long look at the moon. You won't be disappointed.

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