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The moon rises behind the street lamp in St. Petersburg June 22, 2013. The largest full moon of the year, called the "supermoon," will light up the night sky this weekend. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

The moon rises behind the street lamp in St. Petersburg June 22, 2013. The largest full moon of the year, called the "supermoon," will light up the night sky this weekend. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Saturday night's super moon will be the first of three this summer, NASA says.

Other super moons, or perigee moons, are expected Aug. 10 and Sept. 9. In August, the moon will be closer to the Earth than on the other dates.

Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory said super moons aren't rare even though they get a lot of attention.

"Full moons occur near perigee every 13 months and 18 days, so it's not all that unusual," he said in a blog post. "In fact, just last year there were three perigee moons in a row, but only one was widely reported."

Chester said a "moon illusion" will make the moon look larger when it is low-hanging near the horizon.

"I guarantee that some folks will think it's the biggest moon they've ever seen if they catch it rising over a distant horizon, because the media will have told them to pay attention to this particular one," Chester said.

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