Jun 22, 2013 4:04 PM by Daniel Phillips

Supermoon Will Rise Over Acadiana

Star gazers are gong to be given a treat during the early morning hours of Sunday, when a celestial event known as the Supermoon will take place.

This is the closest the moon will get to the earth in 2013, and as a result the moon will appear to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter. The average distance from the Earth to the moon is 238,000 miles and on Sunday it will be around 225,622 miles away.

The timing of this will coincide with a full moon, what the Native Americans refer to as the "strawberry moon", which will make the even even more impressive.

The moon will appear to be full Saturday, but the official full moon time is 6:33 am Sunday, it will be worth checking out particularly when the moon is low in the sky.

Moon-rise time for Lafayette Saturday is 7:32 pm with a moon-set time of 6:22 am on Sunday. During that time the moon should look close enough you would think you could reach out and touch it.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you can expect higher then normal tides, which will occur in a few days time as they lag behind the actual day of the event.


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