Supermoon Live Stream: Where To Watch 2013's Brightest Full Moon [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on June 21, 2013 1:01 PM EDT

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A supermoon will illuminate the night sky on June 23 when the full moon reaches its closest possible distance to Earth. Above, a 2011 supermoon. (Photo: Reuters)

A supermoon will emerge this weekend, lighting up the night sky on Saturday and Sunday night.

The supermoon will be the largest full moon of 2013. On Sunday, June 23, at 7:00 A.M. EDT, the moon will reach what astronomers call perigee: the point in the moon's orbit when it's closest to Earth, or 221,824 miles away.

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The moon reaches perigee about once a month, but when this occurs during a full moon, it's known as a supermoon. This year, the moon turn into a full moon 32 minutes after reaching perigee.

You can watch the supermoon one of several ways. One way would be to look out your window. If that isn't exciting enough, you can check out the Slooh Space Camera (below), accompanied with narration by astronomer Bob Berman. You can also watch on the Slooh iPad app.

The supermoon will appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than it does during a full moon that is at apogee, or its furthest point from Earth.

NASA says that the June 23 supermoon won't turn us all into lunatics -- a word that has its origins in the idea that certain people went crazy during lunar phrases, sort of like a werewolf.

According to Noah Petro of NASA, the tides will be slightly higher because of how close the moon is, but other than a stunning lunar show, the supermoon will have no practical effect.

"There should be no impact on anybody on the Earth," Petro said on NASA TV. "There should be nothing unusual except maybe for more people staring up at the moon, which should be a wonderful thing."

All kinds of myths associated with full moons or supermoons are, well, just that. Rumors about hospital admissions increasing and crime upticks aren't true; studies have shown no correlation between moon phases and crimes.

If you miss this supermoon, know that on July 22 there will be another supermoon, though it will be somewhat smaller, as it will be slightly further away than the June 23 supermoon.

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