If back on Dec. 12 you missed the brightest, closest full moon of 2008, here comes your chance to catch it again – same moon, different year.
With the moon still at perigee in its elliptical orbit, it’s as close to Earth as it’s going to get for the rest of 2009 – about 30,000 miles closer. To us Earthlings, that proximity should make Saturday night's full moon look 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter.
We get to see perigee full moons only once or twice a year, according to NASA. To many observers a full moon at perigee looks even bigger when it’s right on the horizon, with trees and buildings in the foreground making it by comparison seem more massive. This effect often is referred to as the “moon illusion.”
But while the moon cooperates in presenting this spectacle, the weather may not. The forecast Saturday calls for evening showers, so clouds may interfere.