Rochester, N.Y. - The biggest and brightest full moon of the year arrived Saturday night. Experts refer to the event as a "supermoon".
At 11:34 p.m., the moon was about 221,802 miles from Earth. That's about 15,300 miles closer than average.
That proximity made the moon appear about 14 percent bigger than it would if the moon were at its farthest distance, said Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory.
The difference in appearance is so small that "you'd be very hard-pressed to detect that with the unaided eye," he said.
The last supermoon, on March 19, 2011, was about 240 miles closer than this year's will be. Next year's will be a bit farther away.
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