A so-called 'Super Moon' will take place Saturday night. This unusually large full moon will be the biggest in almost 20 years, according to NASA. "The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1983," says Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington D.C. "I'd say it's worth a look."
Why the 'Super Moon' label? According to James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "A 'Super Moon' is a situation when the moon is slightly closer to Earth in its orbit than on average, and this effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full moon."
The best time to look at the full moon is when it's near the horizon. That is when illusion mixes with reality to produce a truly stunning view, NASA reports. Low-hanging moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects.
For Louisville, the approximate time the sun will be setting is 7:54 pm. It may be a bit difficult to witness the 'Super Moon' in Louisville, as the forecast calls for cloudy conditions right around sunset. In an effort to combat this, I ask that everyone face east and blow in the air as hard as you can, starting at 7:17 pm Saturday to eliminate the cloud coverage.
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