March 19, 2011 - Thanks to a fluke of orbital mechanics that brings the moon closer to Earth than that it has been in more than 18 years, a phenomena dubbed as "supermoon" occurred tonight. On Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2011, a distance of 221,565 miles (356,575 kilometers) away. And only 50 minutes earlier, the moon will officially be full.
At its peak, the supermoon of March appeared 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than lesser full moons. Contrary to superstitious beliefs, this supermoon did not cause natural disasters or end of the world scenarios except for maybe higher/lower tides in coastal areas.