Any amateur astronomer may curse the clouds tonight because they not only will block the biggest and brightest full moon of the year, but also a close encounter with the Red Planet.
Tonight's full moon is a "perigee moon," meaning that if you could see it through the overcast, it would appear up to 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than all full moons through the end of 2010, according to the astronomy news service Spaceweather.com.
Besides that, Mars is closer than usual to Earth, and would appear near the moon all night long, if you could see it.
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