Does That Moon Look a Little Bigger?

By: Matt Engelbecht Email
By: Matt Engelbecht Email

Well, it won’t be as historic as last year’s Supermoon event (Last year's World of Weather story), but being brighter, “stronger” and closer Saturday than any other night this year, it will still be worth a look. Visually, the moon will shine about 16% brighter Saturday night than any other evening. If you’re lucky enough to get a clear view of the eastern horizon, be sure to catch a glimpse while the moon is still very low in the sky (~8pm). The optical illusion tends to make the moon swell to a noticeably larger size.

The weather outlook is calling for cloud cover and possibly some rain through the day on Saturday, but we may have a clear shot at the moon when it goes full at 11:35 pm. Additionally, early birds on Sunday should have a good glimpse of it as it sets Sunday morning around 4:50am.

Moon Data:
Rise: 6:35 pm
Sunset: 7:58 pm
Full: 11:35 pm
Set: 4:50 am
Sunrise: 6:13 am

Supermoon Tidal Influence:
The distance between the moon and our coast has an influence on the strength of our tides. While this encounter lacks the closeness of a year ago, we’ll only have a mere 221,802 miles between us. Tides this weekend will still be impacted by the close proximity…

Oregon Inlet Bridge:
Saturday High- 7:59 pm @ 3.00 ft.
Sunday Low- 2:30 am @ -.10 ft.
Sunday High- 8:15 am @ 2.1 ft.

Atlantic Beach:
Saturday High- 7:19 pm @ 5.40 ft.
Sunday Low- 1:52 am @ -.80 ft.
Sunday High- 7:40 am @ 3.9 ft.

Last Thing
Be sure to have the camera ready when you head outside. I’ll be sharing your photos on-air Sunday morning starting at 7:30am. Upload the pictures to Carolina Camera ( or to our WITN Facebook page. Enjoy!

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