With partly cloudy skies forecast for the Arkansas River Valley, that leaves us with a good chance to see the biggest, brightest Moon of 2013, tonight!
At 6:32am (Arkansas River Valley time), this morning, the Moon was closer to the Earth than at any other time this year at just 221,824 miles away. And our planet was the closest to the Moon than any other time until August of next year.
Because the “Supermoon” peaked in the early morning hours, last night and tonight’s shows will be quite similar. Many in the Arkansas River Valley enjoyed the sight last night, but the prospect of clearer skies will be much better for tonight, as some of the cloud cover has indeed moved from the region.
The Supermoon is said to be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical “Full Moon”. Moonrise is 8:42pm in Little Rock, 8:46pm in Russellville, and 8:52pm in Fort Smith, so do the math for your area, and be sure to have your cameras and kids stationed and ready at that time for the best experience.