'Supermoon' to rise over New Orleans Saturday

'Supermoon' to rise over New Orleans Saturday

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Saturday's full moon will be a "supermoon."

A supermoon, or perigee full moon, occurs when the full moon is closest to Earth, making it appear larger than normal.

Due to the moon's elliptical orbit, a full moon's distance from earth varies. The time when the moon is nearest Earth is called "perigee" and the time when it is farthest is called "apogee."

The three supermoons still to come in 2015 are:

Full moon Saturday at 18:35 UTC

Full moon of Sept. 28 at 2:50 UTC

Full moon of Oct. 27 at 12:05 UTC

The August full moon is sometimes referred to as the "Sturgeon Moon." According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, August's full moon was a sign for many Native Americans tribes that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were abundant. They also called the August full moon the "Corn Moon."

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