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Can the human eye really tell the difference when the full moon appears only 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal? Probably not, but it certainly was lovely to gaze at and talk about this past weekend. This image was taken through a 4-inch refracting telescope about midnight Saturday from Stagecoach.

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Jimmy Westlake: ‘Super moon’ or super hype?

I can’t help but chuckle a little when the news media pick up on a rather mundane celestial event and blow it way out of proportion. Such was the case with this past weekend’s so-called “super moon.”

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