PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA/AP) – The moon doesn’t get much bigger and brighter than this.
On Monday, Earthlings will be treated to a so-called supermoon. That’s the closest full moon of the year, or every 14 months to be precise.
Monday’s supermoon will be extra super – it will be the closest the moon comes to us in almost 69 years. And it won’t happen again for another 18 years.
NASA scientist Nayessda Castro tells the “KDKA Morning News” there is no scientific evidence to prove that a full moon affects people’s moods.
“One of the things we like to joke about [at NASA] is one of the side effects of a full moon is people will have kind of a tired neck from looking up and being astonished at the view they see,” says Castro.
NASA says closest approach will occur at 6:21 a.m. when the moon comes within 221,523 miles (356,508 kilometers). That’s from the center of the Earth to the center of the moon. The full moon will occur at 8:52 a.m. EST.
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