Break out your telescopes and your cameras on Saturday night—11:34 p.m.—to see Super Moon 2012.
It occurs when the moon goes into its full phase at the same time it approaches Earth at the shortest-possible point in its orbit—an event known as a perigee.
In short, the moon looks really big!
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Lou Coban, the administrator of the Allegheny Observatory in Riverview Park on the North Side of Pittsburgh, said the facility won't be holding any special events tonight—a Super Moon doesn't make for great viewing through a telescope because the brightness washes out details, he said—but free tours of the building have started back up for other nights when the star and moon gazing is more conducive.
Tours are offered Thursdays and Fridays, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting until 10 p.m. In addition to a walking tour of the building, visitors also get a chance to view the skies through the telescope, if it's a clear night. Tours are free and by appointment. About 45 people can be accommodated.
If you or someone you know is fascinated by the night skies, star parties are also held throughout the summer at the Wagman Observatory at Deer Lakes Park and at Mingo Creek Park Observatory by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh . No telescope required.
In the meantime, if you want to make a day of celebrating the Super Moon with the kids, try a picnic at Riverview Park and let them play on the space-themed playground.