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Moon Closest to Earth This Weekend, Called Super Moon

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It’s called a Super Moon, and it happens on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday June 23The moon will appear bigger and brighter than any other time during the year. The reason is the moon will closer to Earth than normal. The astronomers’ name for it is perigee full moon but the term super moon first came about March 19, 2011, and since it’s has been used a lot.

Last month’s full moon was also dubbed super moon but it doesn’t compare to this month’s. The term super moon is used to describe the moon’s closest point to Earth which is 221,824 mile away. The normal distance of the moon form Earth is 238,900 miles away. The next time the moon will be this close to Earth is August, 2014.

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