SUPERMOON: If you missed it, don't fret - KMSP-TV

SUPERMOON: If you missed it, don't fret

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Did you get to see the supermoon this weekend?? Well, I'd say most of us didn't with plenty of cloud cover and storms from Thursday through early Sunday. But if you were really bummed you missed it...Don't be, because you didn't miss anything.

The "supermoon" idea has been totally blown out of proportion.

The full moon is about 12 percent to 14 percent larger (there seems to be some debate on that) and 30% brighter at the perigee than at its apogee (closest point compared to its farthest point away from earth). This equates to a distance of about 30,000 miles.

These may sound like big figures, but when the moon is (on average) 250,000 miles away from earth, who can tell when they aren't sitting neatly next to each other like the picture above?

It's not like the moon suddenly gets brighter like turning on a spotlight or flipping a switch to a light in your house. The moon SLOWLY increases/decreases in size and brightness over the course of every month, so can you really tell the difference from one to the next? You might be able to in passing if your travels take you to a very remote area with absolutely no lights of any kind on a regular basis. But even then it's probably just a passing thought of "wow, the moon seems brighter tonight." Then the thought is quickly dismissed and you move on with life like nothing happened.

Call me a cynic, but I just don't see the big deal.

However, I'm not one to kick a man while he's down, so if you wanted to see that full moon and missed it, I've got some good news. You don't have to wait all that long to see the next one.

The average time between each supermoon is just 14 months and the next one is scheduled to land next August. This also means that if you are over the age of 5, you have probably already seen a supermoon without even realizing it.  Maybe even a few of them.

Here are a couple of the best shots sent to PHOTOS@FOX9.com: http://bit.ly/12ZNS5K

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