The moon will look appreciably larger in the night sky Saturday and Sunday, provided you can find a clear spot to do your appreciating.
The so-called "supermoon" a term coined by an astrologer, not astronomers, who prefer the more sober "extreme perigee full moon" will be just 356,990 kilometers from Earth, AccuWeather meteorologist Mark Paquette said. The moon's average distance is 384,400 kilometers, and can be much further away. In July at its apogee or farthest point from earth the moon will be 406,490 kilometers away.
The moon Saturday will look 12 percent to 14 percent larger in the sky compared to how it will appear in July.
Tides will be affected somewhat by the moon's closer swing, but there is no convincing evidence full moons, even supermoons, have any effect on people or weather, Paquette said.
There is expected to be some cloudiness over South Carolina skies Saturday, unfortunately, but there could be periods of clearing.