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Supermoon Saturday

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These days if you want to see something super in the sky you head to the movies to see the new "Man of Steel" flick.

Saturday you didn't have to empty your pockets at the nearest multiplex to see a "super being," all you had to do was look outside.

No, it wasn't a bird and it certainly wasn't a plane, it was the "super moon," an event where the moon appears larger than any other time during the year.

"The super moon presents an opportunity, an excuse to tell everybody else to look at the sky. It's an event," said Howard Hochhalter.

Hochhalter has been working in the Bishop Planetarium of the South Florida Museum in Bradenton since 2008.

He says there's always one celestial being that gets people talking.

"The thing that draws the most 'ooh's and ahs,' the biggest reaction is when they look at the moon," said Hochhalter.

There's no better chance to inspect the moon than during the "super moon" an event that happens about once every 14 months.

"What they're talking about is a reference to two astronomical events and that is a sysygy and a perigee. A sysygy is an alignment of three celestial bodies, in this case the Earth the sun and the moon. Perigee is the point of closest approach," said Hochhalter.

In other words, a full moon occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth.

And while most astronomers don't get too excited about the moon being closer and brighter, they certainly understand why some find it interesting.

"The reason why I think the super moon is such an interesting phenomenon is that it's a new way to look at something that we see every single day," said Hochhalter. "If you say super moon, that's like saying super human."

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