The “biggest” moon of the year is this Saturday (Capital Weather Gang, The Post):

Get ready for the moon’s most prominent, spectacular appearance of the year. On Saturday night at 11:34 p.m. eastern, the moon becomes full on its closest approach to Earth. This coincidence makes this moon a “Supermoon.”

The moon is reaching what’s known as its “perigee”, the closest approach to earth in its orbit – a mere 221,802 miles away. It will appear 16 percent brighter than the average full moon.

Compared to when it’s on the “apogee” side of its orbit, farthest away from earth, it will be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter.

Here is a pro tip* — if you photographing the “supermoon” be sure to make sure something else (trees, hills, buildings, etc.) in photo. The size of the moon is relative to other objects in view.

*Not actually a pro tip, I’m a rank amateur with a DSLR and just one lense, but last time we had a supermoon, I saw so-called “professional photographers” posting photos of just the moon. Really.

Author: WFY

Yet another Washingtonian pushing the ubiquitous Nats/DC sports, Penn State, commuting, bicycling, kayaking, broomball, skiing, gin & tonic agenda.

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