South Jersey ‘Moonstruck’: Supermoon could give super show if skies remain clear

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A romantic moon-lit walk along the ocean front could be even more romantic on Saturday evenings for “Moonstruck” fans and lovebirds up and down the Jersey Shore. One of the brightest and biggest full moons of the year will greet South Jersey skies shortly before sunset on Saturday, July 12./NASA A romantic moon-lit walk along the ocean front could be even more romantic on Saturday evenings for “Moonstruck” fans and lovebirds up and down the Jersey Shore. One of the brightest and biggest full moons of the year will greet South Jersey skies shortly before sunset on Saturday, July 12./NASA A romantic moonlit walk along the ocean front could be even more romantic on Saturday evenings for “Moonstruck” fans and lovebirds up and down the Jersey Shore. One of the brightest and biggest full moons of the year is expected to greet South Jersey skies shortly before sunset on Saturday, July 12.

The supermoon, so coined because the moon can actually look larger and brighter than it usually does, will happen on Saturday, July 12 and again on Aug. 10.

On Saturday, the moon will appear about 15 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon, according to NASA.

That’s because the moon will be less than 224,851 miles away from the Earth, one of its closest approaches of the year. The Aug. 10 super moon will actually be closer, about 221,765 miles away.

Moonrise is at 7:31 p.m. Saturday, so there should still be about an hour of sunlight when the Ol’ Man on the Moon climbs above the horizon. He’ll be burning the midnight oil until after 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service predicts party cloudy conditions. Not perfect, but not enough to keep lovebirds from a moon-struck stroll down the boardwalk.

Cool down in the works for July in South Jersey

After today’s cold front moves through, weather forecasters are calling for a prolonged period of cooler-than-normal temperatures to spill out of the Midwest. Read more at Long-lasting cool down in the works for July

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