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The Best Place Locally to View Saturday's Super Moon

The super moon will appear as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons of 2012.

The full moon is often associated with the rising of tides, howling of werewolves and other mythological lore. Even the term lunatic comes from lunar.

Those who fear the inlfuence of the moon may want to lock their doors or not venture too far outside Saturday night because the Moon will appear to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons of 2012, according to NASA.

Commonly called the “super moon,” the phenomenon is known to scientists as the “perigee moon.”  The term comes from the elliptical path the moon follows around the Earth and reaches perigee, which is the point closest to the Earth’s center during the orbit. The moon will be about 31,000 miles closer to Earth's orbit than the furthest point of its elliptical orbit, according to NASA.

From causes not fully understood by scientists, low hanging moons look much larger when viewed through trees and other foreground objects. Come Saturday, this optical illusion will be amplified with a moon that is closer to the Earth to begin with. According to NASA, the moon’s rising orb will seem of super proportions.

Where to Watch?

To catch a glimpse of the so called “super moon” grab some silver, garlic and your favorite wooden crucifix and try to reach a good vantage point.

One destination to catch a stunning vista is the parking lot next to the golf course at . This top spot at 5500 Godbey Drive affords equally as magestic sunset views. There are also a couple of turnouts off winding Saint Katherine Drive where you can be wowed with wonderment. 

J McNally May 05, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Never connected lunar to lunatic. I like it!
Hans Jensen May 05, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Someone needs their school money back... When did 14% equals 14 times? 14 times would be 1400%
Home Ranger May 05, 2012 at 03:06 PM
14 times bigger? Now that would amazing. Nice editing.
Patrick Lee May 05, 2012 at 05:52 PM
D'oh! Sorry for the error. We've fixed the story.
Jack Schaedel May 06, 2012 at 04:44 AM
14x=1300% bigger
Jack Schaedel May 06, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Here it is from Montrose. http://mobile.twitter.com/jackschaedel/status/198983961651851265/photo/1 Obviously wish I'd gotten it a little earlier at night. I have other pics but not sure how to upload.
Donna Evans (Editor) May 07, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Hey Jack! Thanks for the link but it is super easy to upload a photo to Patch. Click "upload photos'' above or below the image on this story and then, um, you upload them :-) Lemme know if you try and need help!
Donna Evans (Editor) May 07, 2012 at 12:44 AM
And thanks, Hans and Home Ranger for pointing out the error [blush]. We're super glad to have folks like you reading our stuff and letting us know when we err :-)

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