"Supermoon" Visible Saturday Night

By KBJR News 1

March 18, 2011 Updated Mar 18, 2011 at 8:04 AM CST

The moon is expected to appear larger and brighter in the sky on Saturday night than it has in the last 18 years. Called a Perigee Moon, the elliptical path that the moon takes will be closest to the Earth by 50,000km and also in a full moon phase. If the skies stay clear, the most impressive views will occurs at Moon Rise around 7:48pm Saturday evening.

An increased gravitational pull also occurs with a perigee moon, but it only raises tide levels by a few centimeters.

Posted by Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson
jedmondson@northlandsnewscenter.com