Saturday Night Supermoon

By Samantha Loss
|  Sunday, Mar 20, 2011  |  Updated 2:52 PM EDT
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Saturday Night Supermoon

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Saturday Night Supermoon

The moon on Saturday was the closest to Earth its been since 1993.
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There was a full moon Saturday night, but not just any old full moon.

This moon was bigger and brighter. In fact, the moon appeared to be 14% bigger, and 30% brighter.

This phenomenon is called a Supermoon. The moon looked this way because it was just 211,565 miles away from the earth. That's the closest its been since March of 1993.

The moon's closer-than-normal proximity can cause slightly higher tide levels.  However, astronomers have discredited the internet rumor that this supermoon occurence had anything to do with the recent tsunami in Japan.

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