First of three 'supermoons' to appear Friday, Saturday

  • The full moon as seen from Philadelphia on June 15, 2011.
The full moon as seen from Philadelphia on June 15, 2011. (Kevin Burkett/Wikimedia…)
July 09, 2014|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

The full moon arrives Saturday morning, and it is the first of three in a row that can be considered a "supermoon."

The moon reaches fullness at 7:25 a.m. Saturday, so it should appear most full Friday night but also large and bright on Saturday night. It is known as the Full Buck Moon or Thunder Moon.

This year, it can also be known as a supermoon because the centers of the Earth and moon are about 225,000 miles apart. The next two full moons will get progressively larger, with the closest in August, according to EarthSky.org.

When the moon is at perigee, its closest point to Earth in its oval-shaped orbit, it can appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than when it is at apogee, its furthest point.

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