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Supermoon 2013: Phenomenon Occuring June 23, Moon Will Be Bigger and Brighter Than Ever (VIDEO)

By Zulai Serrano | Jun 18, 2013 03:53 PM EDT

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The "Supermoon" occurs once a year when its orbit is closest to the Earth. (Photo : WikiCommons)

On June 23, the moon will be closer in its monthly orbit around the Earth creating a "Supermoon," according to reports.

Viewers will not be able to see the moon this close to the Earth again until August 2014. Gloria Villalobos, an astronomer and the director of the Robert J. Novins Planetarium at Ocean County College in Toms River, is looking forward to the occurrence, according to SandPaper.net.

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"It should be something to see," Villalobos said.

According to reports, a full moon at "perigee," which is the technical name for the "Supermoon" phenomenon, may appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon when it's farthest away.

"On that day, the moon will appear bigger and brighter, and be closer to Earth than it's been all year -- a total of 221,824 miles away, which is roughly 30,000 miles closer than when it's at its farthest," CNET reported.

"The moon should be rising just at sunset," Villalobos said. "The best place to look for the 'Supermoon' would be somewhere where you could get a good view of the eastern horizon so you can see it come right up out of the water."

According to NASA, a high-tide during a "Supermoon" is a few inches more than what it is during a normal moon.

"During a 'Supermoon', the sun, Earth, and moon are aligned -- with the Earth in between," CNET reported. "Gravitational forces exerted on the Earth by the moon and sun are what cause our planet's ocean tides to rise and fall, which is most likely why alarmists believe there's a connection between 'Supermoons' and calamity."

There are claims of connections between the "Supermoon" and catastrophic events, but little scientific evidence proves a direct correlation. Tidal effects from the large moon are usually limited to couple more inches than normal.


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