Observe a 'Super Moon' on Saturday Night

That's no moon. It's a super moon.

By Chris Roberts
|  Saturday, May 5, 2012  |  Updated 11:07 PM PDT
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Observe a 'Super Moon' on Saturday Night

Also known as a "perigee moon," the last time the man in the moon strayed so close to an earthly orbit was in March 2011, according to experts.

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The moon is getting up close and personal with Earthlings on Saturday night -- 50,000 miles closer.

Our nearest celestial cousin will appear bigger and brighter than normal on Saturday night, according to the San Francisco Appeal online newspaper -- a so-called "super moon," in fact.

Also known as a "perigee moon," the last time the man in the moon strayed so close to an earthly orbit was in March 2011, according to experts.

In addition to a larger, brighter night sky reading lamp, the closer moon will also pull the earth's ocean tides about a inch higher, the National Oceanic and Atmopsheric Administration reported.

The moon will look *really* big at moonrise or moonset, when it's against the horizon and looks, by comparison to buildings and other man-made objects in close proximity, super-big. Like crazy super-big.

The moon will be closest to the earth at 8:34 p.m., according to the newspaper.

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