Be sure to take some time to look at the sky this Saturday night. If you do, you can catch a somewhat rare, up close and personal view of a full moon known as a Super Moon.

Saturday night, May 5th at 10:34 CT, the moon will be its closest to the earth, making it look 14% larger than usual. It’s known as the moon’s perigee. This Saturday night’s perigee happens to coincide with a full moon, making it appear 30% brighter than other full moons this year. When these two occurrences happen on the same night, it is known as a Super Moon.

This is an alignment that doesn’t happen all too often. Although the last Super Moon was on March 19, 2011, the one previous to that was in March 1993.

Through history, it has been widely thought that a Super Moon can lead to a higher risk of catastrophic events, such as earthquakes and volcano eruptions, as well as odd behavior in people and animals.  I also herd that some credit the Super Moon for the sinking of the ship. But don’t worry. While the moon’s closeness to Earth will have a slightly increased effect on the tides, there is no hard evidence linking a Super Moon to any other natural disasters…or ships sinking in the Atlantic.

There is a great place in west Texas to view the Super Moon. Fort Griffin State Historical Site, about 15 miles north of Albany on Highway 283. It is one of the three best public “dark areas” in Texas, meaning the light illuminating from the earth is minimal, making the sky easier to view. Fort Griffin staffer Jane Lenoir says there are still plenty of campsites available for Saturday night if you want to make an evening of it.

Will you be taking time to go check out the Super Moon Saturday night?

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