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Moon at its closest to earth on Saturday

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Thu, March 17 2011 | 10:00 am

PREMIUM Cast your gaze to the night sky on Saturday night, for the moon will be in its closest possible position to the earth, something that only occurs once every 18 years.

As the moon has an elliptical orbit, it comes closes to the earth once a month, which is termed a lunar perigee. This month’s lunar perigee is special because it will coincide with the full moon, scientists say.