Update Mar 21: Some spectacular Super Moon photos on Flickr.

Earlier post
An unusually large looking “super moon” will rise Saturday evening, the biggest in 18 years.

Full moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the moon’s orbit. This Saturday the moon will be closer to the earth than at any time since 1993. NASA scientists say that such perigee moons appear 14 percent bigger, and 30 percent brighter.

Reporter Kelly Wilkinson spoke with Ben Burress, the staff astronomer at Chabot Space and Science Center. He says the best time to view the moon is when it rises at 7:45 p.m. Saturday…if the rain holds off.

“I’m not holding out much hope that the moon will make an appearance. But there’s always that possibility,” Burress said. “Maybe we’ll get a part in the clouds at just the right moment.”

If the clouds part you won’t need any special equipment to see the moon; just look up. If you’re taking pictures make sure to have objects in the foreground to compare the size against.


Super Moon Photos 21 March,2011Lisa Pickoff-White


Lisa Pickoff-White

Lisa Pickoff-White is KQED’s data reporter. Lisa specializes in simplifying complex topics and bringing them to life through compelling visuals, including photography and data visualizations. She previously has worked at the Center for Investigative Reporting and other national outlets. Her work has been honored with awards from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists and SXSW Interactive.  Follow: @pickoffwhite Email: lpickoffwhite@kqed.org

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