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Moonstruck!

If you were out and about in Laguna Niguel on Saturday night, you saw a rare treat—Supermoon 2012.

The moon was out and illuminated Laguna Niguel like a lighbulb on Saturday night.

It was also the largest it has been all year. Why? Because the moon is at its perigee which translates to it being closer to the earth than any other time in its regular orbit.

Experts such as NASA said it was about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the other full moons of 2012.

Super perigee moons happen only about once a year on average.

And when the moon is on the perigee side of its orbit, it's about 31,000 miles closer to Earth than the apogee side. The results include slightly higher tides and breathtaking photographs.

Read more here about Supermoon 2012 and how it may tie in with astrology according to local resident, and astrologist Donna Stellhorn.

It was indeed a beautiful thing to behold.

Eric Bergstrom May 06, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Could this be the light at the end of the dark economic tunnel?
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) May 06, 2012 at 05:09 PM
@Eric: I like that, we can only hope right?
charles linden May 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM
This was so cool, the sky looked incredible .. almost like a baseball field.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) May 06, 2012 at 06:15 PM
@Charles: It really was spectacular!
sharon whittaker May 06, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I was over near Crown Valley and Alicia and it was right over city hall, it was huge.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) May 06, 2012 at 10:55 PM
It was so huge that it looked like you could just reach out and touch it.

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