SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Sunday night’s supermoon was the brightest and closest to earth in 20 years, but if you missed it, there is still another spectacular full moon is on tap for September.
Supermoons occur when the moon is closer than normal to earth. On Sunday night the new moon was 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than during a normal full moon.
The next supermoon on September 9th will be slightly smaller. The moon rises at 7:52 p.m. in the Bay Area that night and sets at 7:30 a.m. Here’s a great moonrise and moonset tool.
According to superstition, the supermoon has often been linked to natural disasters, including most recently, the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan and Hurricane Katrina. Others believe it increases a woman’s fertility. However, experts say none of this is true.