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Where to get the best view of the 'super moon' on Saturday night

Evelyn Grass

The super moon as viewed from Trabuco Canyon around 9 p.m. Saturday night.

This Saturday night the biggest full moon of the year will be looming large in the sky. Popularly known as a “super moon,” this rare occurrence happens when a full moon coincides with its arrival at perigee, which is when the moon comes closest to the Earth, a mere 221,802 miles away.

According to MSNBC, this particular perigee (which is scheduled to begin at 8:40 p.m. Pacific Standard Time) is the closest the moon will come to Earth all year, which means we’re in store for something of an "extra super" moon this weekend.

This month's full moon will be 16 percent brighter than average, Yahoo! News reports. We suggest looking for it just after it rises or before it sets, when it is close to the horizon.

For those wanting to get the best possible glimpse of this natural phenomenon, it’s all about getting as far away from city lights as possible. If you can’t make your way out to the desert, the Los Angeles Times reports that the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy will be leading hikes in local mountains to make the most of the occasion.

In the San Fernando Valley, join the party at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve for a hike to a viewing platform. A more strenuous stroll is in store at Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills. Both hikes meet up at 7 p.m.

CBS Local also reminds that the annual Aquarid meteor shower (it’s when Earth cruises through the field of debris in the tail of Halley’s Comet) will be at its height on Saturday night into Sunday morning. But according to Dr. Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory (another good viewing spot), the brightness of the super moon will likely upstage the shower.

 “It’s going to be very difficult to see meteors even if you’re somewhere out far from the city lights,” he added to the Times.

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With contributions by Andrea Wang

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