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Supermoon 2013: Time for a moonlit picnic and midnight brownies

June 22, 2013|By Rene Lynch

Supermoon 2013 is here, one of the most anticipated astronomical happenings of the year, when we'll turn to the skies and see the biggest, fullest and brightest moon of the year. You know what that means, right? Time for a moonlit picnic.

Our sister blog, Science Now, tells us that you don't have to do anything special to see the fullest moon of the year. Just look up into the sky and Supermoon 2013 will be there.

That means you can keep your focus on putting together a picnic basket and finding a place where, ideally, you can get away from city lights for the best viewing options.

PHOTOS: 5 recipes for a moonlit picnic

We pored over the L.A. Times Test Kitchen archives for recipes that could be made ahead, packed up, and taken on the road for a picnic under the Supermoon.

Here's your suggested Supermoon 2013 menu: Crispy fried chickenthree-cabbage cole slaw, and buttermilk biscuits. If you want to go all out, try this bacon potato salad recipe, which is one of the most popular recipes to ever come out of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen.

In our opinion, there is one -- and only one -- way to celebrate a moonlit picnic in honor of Supermoon 2013. And that's with the aptly-named midnight chocolate brownie bites.

Late Saturday night and late Sunday night are likely to offer the best viewing options for most people. But, if you are inspired, you'll want to look to the skies at 4:32 a.m. PDT on Sunday. That's when the moon will be 16,176 miles closer than usual -- giving you your best viewing options. 

How are you planning to enjoy Supermoon 2013?

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