How to view this weekend's Supermoon

A bigger, brighter moon this weekend

COLUMBIA (WACH) - The full moon on Saturday and Sunday will be at its closest point to Earth this year making it look larger in the night sky. We will see the last of three supermoons occuring this year next month on July 22. The first one occurred May 25, but this weekend's will be the biggest.

For many skygazers, Saturday nightâ??s moon should appear as big and bright as Sundayâ??s. The moon will appear 14% larger, and 30% brighter when itâ??s nearest to the horizon. For viewing Saturday night, the moon will rise at 7:47 p.m. and the sun will set at about 8:30 p.m. The moon is expected to turn full on Sunday around 7:32 a.m. For great pictures, try to catch the view just before sunrise, about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, or around 8:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, although overcast weather is in the forecast and it might make viewing tricky.

Also be advised that the closeness of the moon means higher tides, possibly getting over 7 feet in the evening hours from Saturday through Monday which could cause shallow coastal flooding. The next time the moon will be this close will be Aug. 10, 2014.

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