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Supermoon: When & Where To See It Best TONIGHT

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 05/05/2012 10:29 am Updated: 05/05/2012 10:29 am

Supermoon

Supermoon Saturday has arrived -- now get ready to look up for some "super" skywatching.

The full moon at 11:34 p.m. EDT Saturday will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal as it approaches slightly closer to Earth in its orbit, reaching perigee, according to NASA. The moon then will line up with the sun just one minute later.

"It is called a supermoon because this is a very noticeable alignment," Dr. James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement accompanying a new video on the topic. "The 'super' in supermoon is really just the appearance of being closer."

For the best view, scientists recommend catching a glimpse of the supermoon at moonrise or moonset when it's on the horizon.

Be sure to tweet us your photos at @HuffPostScience, hashtag #supermoon, or you can email us at science@huffingtonpost.com. We'll be collecting user photos from all over, and yours may be featured!

Need some inspiration? Check out these breathtaking images of last year's supermoon:

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  • A perigee moon rises above the Almudena

    A perigee moon rises above the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid on March 19, 2011. A perigee moon is visible when the moon's orbit position is at its closest point to Earth during a full moon phase. AFP PHOTOAFP PHOTO/ Pedro ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Biggest Moon In Almost 20 Years Rises In DC

    WASHINGTON - MARCH 19: In this handout photo provided by NASA, the full moon is seen as it rises near the Lincoln Memorial, March 19, 201, in Washington, DC. The full moon tonight is called a 'Super Perigee Moon' since it is at it's closest to Earth in 2011. The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

  • A perigee moon rises next to the Nationa

    A perigee moon rises next to the National Monument and the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on March 19, 2011. A perigee moon is visible when the moon's orbit position is at its closest point to Earth during a full moon phase. The full moon coincided with its closest approach to the Earth, 221,565 miles (356,575 km), making the so-called 'super moon' look slightly larger than average. AFP PHOTO / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A perigee moon rises in Washington, DC,

    A perigee moon rises in Washington, DC, on March 19, 2011. A perigee moon is visible when the moon's orbit position is at its closest point to Earth during a full moon phase. The full moon coincided with its closest approach to the Earth, 221,565 miles (356,575 km), making the so-called 'super moon' look slightly larger than average. AFP PHOTO / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The full moon rises behind the statue of

    The full moon rises behind the statue of Mahathma Gandhi in Hyderabad on March 19, 2011. Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. It is an ellipse with one side (perigee) about 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other (apogee). Nearby perigee moons are about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the Moon's orbit. According to US Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. 'The full Moon of March 19 occurs less than one hour away from perigeea near-perfect coincidence that happens only 18 years or so'. AFP PHOTO/Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The full moon is seen behind a bronze st

    The full moon is seen behind a bronze statue standing on the left bank of Vltava river on Mala Strana Prague's quarter early on March 20, 2011. The full moon coincided with its closest approach to the Earth, 221,565 miles (356,575 km), making the so-called 'super moon' look slightly larger than average. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The full moon rises over rooftops March

    The full moon rises over rooftops March 19, 2011 in this view from the east side of Manhattan in New York. The full moon coincided with its closest approach to the Earth, 221,565 miles (356,575 km), making the so-called 'super moon' look slightly larger than average. AFP PHOTO / Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A March 20, 2011 photo taken at approxim

    A March 20, 2011 photo taken at approximately 0457 GMT shows the moon seen from Chevy Chase, Maryland. The moon is in its closest orbit to Earth, at 356,577 Kms away, the closest in 18 years. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The statue of freedom, ontop of the US C

    The statue of freedom, ontop of the US Capitol Hill is pictured against a perigee moon as it rises in Washington, DC, on March 19, 2011. A perigee moon is visible when the moon's orbit position is at its closest point to Earth during a full moon phase. The full moon coincided with its closest approach to the Earth, 221,565 miles (356,575 km), making the so-called 'super moon' look slightly larger than average. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A perigee moon rises in Washington, DC,

    A perigee moon rises in Washington, DC, on March 19, 2011. A perigee moon is visible when the moon's orbit position is at its closest point to Earth during a full moon phase. The full moon coincided with its closest approach to the Earth, 221,565 miles (356,575 km), making the so-called 'super moon' look slightly larger than average. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The full moon rises March 19, 2011 in th

    The full moon rises March 19, 2011 in this view from the east side of Manhattan in New York. The full moon coincided with its closest approach to the Earth, 221,565 miles (356,575 km), making the so-called 'super moon' look slightly larger than average. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Supermoon from Fort Hood, Tx

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/KillerNeuron"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1374500-tiny.png?20101229005527" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/KillerNeuron">KillerNeuron</a>:<br />The moon as seen from Ft. Hood, Texas, approximately 2 hours after moonrise.

  • Supermoon above San Sebastian

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Femia_Cools"></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Femia_Cools">Femia Cools</a>:<br />

  • The Supermoon illusion

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/doodlewhale"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/1537564.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/doodlewhale">doodlewhale</a>:<br />

  • Super Moon, North Phoenix

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/NunyaBus99"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/NunyaBus99">NunyaBus99</a>:<br />Taken during a cloud cover break 9pm AZ time.

  • Super Moon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ecokaren"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ecokaren">ecokaren</a>:<br />Super Perigee Moon with 70mm

  • Norfolk UK 1900hrs

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Richard_J_Hodds"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/767559643/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Richard_J_Hodds">Richard J Hodds</a>:<br />Norfolk UK 1900hrs RJHodds

  • Supermoon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Regaleyes"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/1537620.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Regaleyes">Regaleyes</a>:<br />Supermoon 19 March 2010 shines brightly over Buckinghamshire, UK

  • Supermoon Rising Over Downtown Frankfurt, Germany

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Uwe_Peppel"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100001278402741/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Uwe_Peppel">Uwe Peppel</a>:<br />Rooftop-terrace view of the full moon rising over downtown Frankfurt on March 19, 2011. The brightly illuminated building front in the foreground is on the 'Zeil', Franfurt's main shopping street.

  • Super Moon Seen in Cochin India

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kleykamal"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kleykamal">kleykamal</a>:<br />This picture was taken at 3.50 am . Location Cochin Kerala. India

  • Moon at perigee - Maharagama, Sri Lanka

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Anson_Holzer"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/592154409/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Anson_Holzer">Anson Holzer</a>:<br />Earth's Moon at its super-perigee. Maharagama, Sri Lanka. (March 20, 2011) Photo: Anson Holzer

  • Supermoon!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/David_G_Kramer"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/David_G_Kramer">David G Kramer</a>:<br />Supermoon over Clearwater, Florida

  • moon over Coral springs

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Misha57"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Misha57">Misha57</a>:<br />in my yard at 8:30 pm. Fl.

  • Super Moon Over New York City . View from Weehawkeen NJ

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Juan_Manzano"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1319085035/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Juan_Manzano">Juan Manzano</a>:<br />Super Moon Over NYC, s viewed from Weehawkeen NJ, Saturday March 19, 2011 -----Juan Manzano

  • Moon over Parliament Hill

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/cenedra"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/cenedra">cenedra</a>:<br />Canada's Capital, Ottawa

  • Illumination

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Eric_Schilling"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1421850119/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Eric_Schilling">Eric Schilling</a>:<br />Super moon was beautiful, but Earth stole the show.

  • Moon over Upper Makefield, PA

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mark_Setash"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/629359761/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mark_Setash">Mark Setash</a>:<br />

  • Atlantic Supermoon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jaxbnimble"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jaxbnimble">jaxbnimble</a>:<br />Ocean City, Maryland

  • Orange Moon Over the Atlantic Ocean

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/tdl966"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/tdl966">tdl966</a>:<br />

  • Our bright and loyal friend

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Zvibi"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Zvibi">Zvibi</a>:<br />From my roof in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Sam Zvibleman)

  • Super Moon outside Quincy, Washington, 8:53pm

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Val_Mohney"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/542238230/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Val_Mohney">Val Mohney</a>:<br />

  • Perigee Moon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/IBEW1377"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/IBEW1377">IBEW1377</a>:<br />March 19 2011 The Supermoon rises over Euclid Ohio. William Albright/Albrightartworx

  • Blue Moon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/IBEW1377"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/IBEW1377">IBEW1377</a>:<br />A perigee moon is a rare event hence the title. William Albright/Albrightartworx

  • Super Moon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Austin_Lepri"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1556156515/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Austin_Lepri">Austin Lepri</a>:<br />photographed in Frederick Maryland by Austin Lepri.

  • Supermoon from Brooklyn, NY

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Ben_BasallaTaxis"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Ben_BasallaTaxis">Ben BasallaTaxis</a>:<br />

  • Supermoon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/klao39"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/klao39">klao39</a>:<br />Goodrich, Michigan

  • Super Moon in Raleigh, North Carolina

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Terisaylor"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Terisaylor">Terisaylor</a>:<br />The sky was hazy as the Super Moon rose over Raleigh, NC. I shot this photo at around 8:00 p.m. as it was rising. In a hazy glow, it finally appeared over the treeline and peeked from behind the clouds.

  • Moonrise over Queens, NY

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/David_Loomar"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100001773561682/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/David_Loomar">David Loomar</a>:<br />

  • PLANE OVER MOON

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dolphinfreddy"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dolphinfreddy">dolphinfreddy</a>:<br />PLANE CROSSING SUPERMOON

  • Supermoon behind Jupiter Florida Lighthouse

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Edward_Oest"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100001892959705/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Edward_Oest">Edward Oest</a>:<br />Moon rising behind the lens of the Jupiter, Florida lighthouse

  • Prague's Super moon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Benjine"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Benjine">Benjine</a>:<br />

  • The moon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/blackwell963"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/blackwell963">blackwell963</a>:<br />This picture was taken at 8:20 pm . Location WASH.DC USA

  • super moon from western North Carolina 03/19/11

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robbie_Pack"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1342107964/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robbie_Pack">Robbie Pack</a>:<br />super moon from western North Carolina 03/19/11

  • Supermoon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/David_G_Kramer"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/David_G_Kramer">David G Kramer</a>:<br />Supermoon Over Clearwater, Fl

  • Supermoon over Ellijay GA 3/19/2011

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/arcee007"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/google_profile_img/1517800.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/arcee007">arcee007</a>:<br />

  • Supermoon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/David_G_Kramer"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/David_G_Kramer">David G Kramer</a>:<br />Supermoon Over Clearwater, FL

  • Super Moon Rising over wetland in Oberlin, OH

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bjm444"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bjm444">bjm444</a>:<br />

  • Crow Moon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Phil_Tomlinson"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1073893272/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Phil_Tomlinson">Phil Tomlinson</a>:<br />Cincinnati OH

  • Lake Huron Super Moon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Dave_Parcells"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1460965097/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Dave_Parcells">Dave Parcells</a>:<br />Super moon over lake Huron, Lighthouse County Park, Port Hope, MI.

  • Austin-tatious!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/csumant"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/csumant">csumant</a>:<br />The sighting of a Super-b-moon over Austin..

  • Texas Supermoon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/blondie46"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/blondie46">blondie46</a>:<br />

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