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Super Moon tours held at ENC lighthouses

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CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. - People in the east may want to make plans to stay up late Saturday night, as the Super Moon makes its way back into the skies.

The National Park Service is offering a Full Moon Climb up Cater Hatteras and Bodie Island Lighthouses Saturday, July 12th.

Visitors can grab a flashlight and experience the lighthouse at night, hear stories from old keepers, view the working light close up in the lantern room, and view the reflection off the Atlantic Ocean of the newly-risen Super Moon on the lighthouse balcony.

Two tours will be held at each lighthouse; one at 8:30 p.m. and a second at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets for the tour must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 11-years-old and younger and seniors 62-years and older.

Children who want to participate in the climb must be 42 inches tall, and must climb on their own.

NASA says this summer’s full moons will all be “Supermoons.” The first Supermoon will be visible both Friday, July 11th and Saturday, July 12th nights.

The scientific term for the phenomenon is Perigee Moon, it makes the moon appear larger and brighter. NASA reported that in June of last year, a full mood made headlines and news media called it a “supermoon” because it was 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons of 2013.

The Supermoon will happen again August 10th and September 9th. NASA experts say the one on August 10th will likely be the brightest Supermoon.

NASA Scientists stress that sometimes it’s hard to tell that difference between a Supermoon and a regular full Moon, because clouds and haze can mask a difference in brightness.

Read more about the Supermoon here.

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