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August 9, 2014

Southern Cross Stargazer for Aug. 10-16, 2014

The Fruit Moon is full at 2:09 p.m. The second SuperMoon of the year will be closest this year when it glides by Earth 221,765 miles distant at 1:43 p.m. The moon appears larger than normal when it rises at dusk in the southeast. If skies are overcast, the last SuperMoon occurs Sept.8. The crust on the far side of the moon is much thicker with a blanket of craters. Binoculars reveal dark areas on the visible side of the moon are huge basins filled with frozen lava.

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