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Happy Supermoon! Celebrate lunar largeness as a planetary holiday

21 Jun 2013, 16:48 UTC
Happy Supermoon! Celebrate lunar largeness as a planetary holiday
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The biggest, brightest full moon of the year shines in the sky this weekend, which makes this the perfect time to take in the wonders of the night sky — whether or not you're swept up in the "supermoon" hype.
Some say the supermoon ranks as "one of the biggest celestial eve …

Slideshow: Gaze at the supermoon of 2012Darryl Webb / ReutersClick through the biggest and brightest pictures of 2012's "supermoon."Launch slideshowBy Alan Boyle, Science Editor, NBC News

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The biggest, brightest full moon of the year shines in the sky this weekend, which makes this the perfect time to take in the wonders of the night sky — whether or not you're swept up in the "supermoon" hype.Some say the supermoon ranks as "one of the biggest celestial events of the year." Meanwhile, Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait says it's no big deal, and that "you'd never notice the difference" between this full moon and any other. The true message of the supermoon lies in a happy medium: It's not a monstrous moon, but it's a great excuse to moon over a monthly sight that we sometimes take for granted.The moon itself is the same size ...

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