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“Super moon” occurs tonight

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Posted at 11:07 PM, May 04, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-05 09:50:45-04

(CNN) — Wait until dark Saturday. Dust off your telescope or binoculars. Grab the kids (dust them off too if needed). Go outside. Look up at the moon. Does it look bigger than usual?

According to NASA, this May’s full moon is called a “super moon,” and it will look about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons this year.

Scientists call it a “perigee moon.” Perigee, as all good space and science geeks know, means the moon is as close to the Earth as it will get for a while. The exact time of perigee will be 11:34 p.m. ET Saturday. (Apogee means far away — but we don’t care about a distant, tiny dim moon, do we?)

The best time to see the “super moon” is just as it crosses Earth’s horizon.

There is more about the super moon from Carrie Rose here.