Supermoon Looms Large: The Year’s Biggest Full Moon Rises

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The moon reached its closest point in its orbit this weekend during a full moon, giving rise to the “supermoon,” appearing 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than a typical full moon. While the supermoon is mythically associated with werewolves and strange natural phenomena, really it’s just a good reason to gaze skyward. If you missed it, the next one will pop up in August 2014.

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TIME, get your facts straight.  The "supermoon" is 14% larger than a full moon when it's FURTHEST from the Earth, so it's only about 6 or 7% larger than a "typical" full Moon.