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Super moon lights up the sky
Sun, 20 Mar 2011 18:01:12 GMT
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Sky watchers enjoyed a super-moon on Saturday.
A so-called 'super-moon' phenomenon has awed sky watchers around the globe as they witnessed the largest moon seen in nearly 20 years.

According to the US Naval Observatory, Saturday's moon was at its closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit and closer than it has been in 18 years.

For such a visible super-moon to be visible, the moon must be full and passing through its closest approach to earth, known as the perigee, in its month-long, elliptical orbit, the Observatory said on its website.

The event was the most extreme example of such phenomena since March 8, 1993, it said.

NASA also explained that on Saturday night, the moon appeared 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the common belief that a super-moon can cause flooding by affecting tides is not correct and tidal ranges typically increase at most by a negligible couple of inches.

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