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March 10, 2011

Biggest Full Moon Possible March 19

I don't think I'll start blaming all the recent rain on the moon. We're just glad to be out of the years-long drought.

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What Is a 'SuperMoon'?

Biggest Full Moon Possible Will Be Visible March 19

Next week -- on March 19 -- the moon won't just be at its closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit, enthusiasts say it will be closer to Earth than it's been in 18 years.

For the past few days, they've not only been buzzing about the mega moon, but the meteorological mayhem they expect it to cause.

Floods! Earthquakes! Volcanic eruptions! To hear it on the Internet, this so-called super moon could cause a climatological reign of terror on the entire planet.

In a blog post earlier this month, Paquette said a new or full moon at 90 percent or more of its closest perigee qualifies as a "supermoon." Next weekend's full moon won't just be a supermoon but an extreme supermoon, he said, because the moon will be almost precisely at its closest distance to Earth.

According to "new age" forecasts, he said, the supermoon is expected to bring strong earthquakes, storms or unusual climate patterns.

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