Strawberry Supermoon appears through gray skies

It really wasn’t perfectly clear Tuesday night, and there was smoke in the air from the fire near Wrightwood, but with a Starwberry Supermoon this bright, it did peak over the Claremont horizon just after sunset past 8 p.m.. NASA says a supermoon appears about 17% bigger and 30% brighter than the faintest moon of the year, when it’s farthest from Earth in its orbit. Supermoons are relatively rare, happening three to four times a year and always consecutively. Right now the supermoon is only 222,098 miles away, 17,000 miles closer than normal. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger


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