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Supermoon puts on quite a show; social media takes note

June 22, 2013|From a Times Staff Writer
  • Supermoon over the Queen Mary in Long Beach on Saturday.
Supermoon over the Queen Mary in Long Beach on Saturday. (Russ Parsons )

The Supermoon put on quite a show Saturday night in Southern California -- and it had many reaching for their cameras.

The so-called supermoon will reach its closest distance to the Earth at exactly 4:32 a.m. PDT Sunday, but both Saturday evening and Sunday morning will offer good opportunities to observe the spectacle, according to NASA. The supermoon will be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon.

Here are some of the images aggregated from social media:

One person captured this panoramic video of the moon over the L.A. skyline from Griffith Park.

Here's another video of the supermoon vying for attention with a police helicopter.

When the moon reaches its perigee, it will be just 221,824 miles away from Earth -- or 16,176 miles closer than usual.

Those who hope to maximize their viewing experience should set their sights on the distant horizon with objects such as mountains or buildings in the foreground, which will make the moon appear even larger.

The supermoon may have a tiny effect on the Earth's tides, but even if you live near the beach you probably won't notice it. NASA officials say that tides may be an inch higher than usual.


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