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Moonstruck! Super Moon to Brighten Sky This Weekend

The super moon comes once a year



    A full moon rises behind the Empire State Building in New York in this view from Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, N.J., on Friday, April 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Attention lunatics: the biggest, brightest moon of 2013 will dominate the sky this weekend, making its once-a-year appearance as the "super moon."

    The super moon appears 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the full moon at its farthest point from the planet.

    The moon officially turns full at 7:32 a.m. Sunday, but the best time to see it in the metro area will be Saturday night into the wee hours of Sunday morning.

    The super moon occurs when a full moon coincides with its closest approach to the Earth in its orbit.

    It won't be this close again until August 2014.