Pay close attention, my little Scottish Moonkin. :)
Saturday night marks an unusual event not seen in 20 years...a REALLY BIG full Moon.
No, there isn't a punch line. It's the truth.
Rarer than the notorious "Blue Moon", which occurs every 2.5 years, the full moon of March 19th is going to appear bigger and brighter. Why? Because it will be a "super perigee moon". Here's the scientific explanation courtesy of Geoff Chester with the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington.
"Full moons look different because of the elliptical shape of the moon's orbit. When it's at perigee, the moon is about 31,000 miles (50,000 km) closer to Earth than when it's at the farthest point of its orbit, also known as apogee."
At sunset the moon will appear even larger as it rises due to something technically known as "moon illusion." Want to know all the scientific stuff? Go here.
In simple Human Earth speak...get thee outside and look up! Otherwise you'll have to wait until 2029 to witness this again!