‘Supermoon’ over the Peconic River

03/19/2011 9:14 PM |

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | A supermoon hangs over New Suffolk Saturday night.

Saturday’s full moon looked 14 percent bigger than average thanks to a rare phenomenon known as a “supermoon.”

A supermoon occurs when the moon’s axis is at its perigree, or its closest point to earth, according to NASA. The event last occurred on March 8, 1993.

The large moon was clearly visible from the banks of the Peconic River about 8 p.m. Saturday night. Cloud cover prevented the moon from being seen at sunset, when it would have appeared at its biggest.