Supermoon: The biggest and brightest moon in 2013

Supermoon: The biggest and brightest moon in 2013

The closest full moon falls on June 23, 2013 at 15:32 Moscow time (11:32 UTC). At this time, the Moon will be not only the biggest but also the closest to the Earth in 2013.

The next time such an event is expected in August 2014.

This year, the moon will be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual on the full moon.

This is due to the fact that the moon reaches perigee - the point of closest approach to the Earth. During perigee moon June 23 will be at a distance of only 356 991 km from Earth, which is 48 280 km closer than normal.

Just two weeks July 7th Moon reaches its peak - that is the farthest point, at a distance of 406,490 km from the Earth.