'Supermoon' Fills Weekend Night Sky

Courtesy: Angela DeMoss Rowan of Roanoke.

Home page photo courtesy: Tracie Steele in Pearisburg

Lynchburg, VA - The full Strawberry Moon came within 221,824 miles of Earth at around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, captivating skywatchers across the ABC 13 Viewing Area both Saturday night and especially Sunday night.

This past weekend's full Moon was called the "Supermoon" because it reached its perigee, the closest it gets to the Earth during its orbit. The moon appeared 13.5% larger and 30% brighter than normal over the weekend as a result.

When the moon rises above the horizon, an optical illusion makes it look even bigger. Moonrise was at 7:55 p.m. Saturday, and at 8:54 p.m. on Sunday.

Many ABC 13 Viewers missed the "Supermoon" Saturday night because of clouds in the area, but skies were mainly clear for Sunday night's showing.

In case you missed it, the Moon will still look very full and bright Monday night, if there aren't any clouds, of course.

In the Lynchburg area, the Moon will rise at 9:45 p.m. Monday night and set at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.

-ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton