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LIers gaze at Saturday's supermoon

Once every 18 years Long Islanders can witness

Once every 18 years Long Islanders can witness a perigee, or ‘supermoon.’ During the 2011 super moon, Lindenhurst-area residents flocked to the docks behind Chateau Le Mer on Montauk Highway to see the moon in all its glory. (March 19, 2011) Photo Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Lindenhurst-area residents flocked to the docks behind Chateau Le Mer on Montauk Highway shortly after sunset Saturday in preparation to see the “supermoon.”

The moon was at its biggest and brightest since March 8, 1993, according to scientists. The phenomenon occurred because the moon was at its closet point to the Earth at the same time it was full.

At about 10 p.m. Saturday, a view of the Great South Bay from Lindenhurst looked like a painting. The moon’s twilight reflected off of the gently rippling waters, lights along the Ocean Parkway twinkled in the background.

So if you missed it, the next supermoon is expected to occur in 2029.

Click for more photos of the supermoon from LI and around the world.

Photo: Once every 18 years Long Islanders can witness a perigee, or ‘supermoon.’ During the 2011 supermoon, Lindenhurst-area residents flocked to the docks behind Chateau Le Mer on Montauk Highway to see the moon in all its glory. (March 19, 2011)

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