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'Super Moon' in Skies Above Griffith Tonight

Saturday’s full moon will be the closest to Earth in nearly 20 years, according to NASA.

Look to the sky tonight and see the moon in rare form. This weekend may be the perfect time to grab a friend and take a night hike.

The moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter in the sky especially when it rises on the eastern horizon at sunset, according to NASA.

Tonight's full moon will reach a point called the ‘lunar perigee’, which is the point in the lunar cycle when the moon is closest to Earth. At a distance of 221,567 miles, the moon hasn’t been this close since 1992. It's also called a 'Super Moon' because of the size it will appear at sunset.

What better spot in Hollywood to view this moon than in one of the nearby hiking trails in Griffith Park? (A friend’s patio terrace up in the hills will do nicely too. Invite yourself over and turn this moon watch into a party.)

Many people exercise in the canyons during daylight hours, but at night the canyons turn into another place entirely. The access road to Griffith Park’s Observatory stays open till 10 p.m., which allows easy parking and access to one of the many trails.

The famous ‘Hollywood Trail’ will take you to the highest point in the park and closest to the Hollywood sign. Weather permitting, Griffith Park will give you the perfect spot to reach up and touch this magical moon.

(Tap dancing, howling and making wishes are optional.)

Griffith Park Wayist March 19, 2011 at 09:35 PM
Great idea!
Adrian Zaldivar March 20, 2011 at 10:37 PM
The View from The West Whittier Hills is also very spectacular!
David De Bacco March 21, 2011 at 07:48 PM
I've added two pics of the actual moon, so please check out the gallery. For those of us in Griffith Park we got to see it for a few minutes before cloud cover took over. Does anyone have pics to share? Did anyone see it?
David De Bacco March 23, 2011 at 05:20 AM
People stand beside St. Michael’s Tower on Glastonbury Tor Hill watching the moon as it progresses across the sky, at its closest point to the Earth for almost two decades, March 19, 2011.

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