Family Picks: Set aside Sunday evening for a supermoon viewing

08/07/2014 8:00 PM

08/06/2014 12:35 PM

It’s always there – even on nights it isn’t visible – so it’s easy to take the moon for granted. It’s pretty amazing, though, that there’s a whole world-sized satellite just out of reach. Consider, in all of history, a mere dozen people have set foot on it. Sunday sees one of three supermoons this year. Supermoons occur when the moon is full during its perigee – its closest approach to Earth – and seems larger than usual. It’s a good weekend, then, to take a closer look at the familiar.

With moonrise at about 8 p.m. on Sunday (and with the moon appearing larger near the horizon anyway) there ought to be little to no competition between viewing the year’s largest full moon and getting the kids to bed on time. If urban or suburban lights obscure the night sky where you live, you may want to plan a drive someplace more rural.

Also this weekend …

• Garner’s Towne Players present their own take on Disney’s “High School Musical, Jr.” Shows are Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. at the Garner Performing Arts Center, and tickets are $12-15 at the door. Visit towneplayers.org.
• On Saturday, swing by the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh to see Wendell artist Susan Brabeau at work on historical paintings. There’s a simultaneous kid-oriented scavenger hunt based in the yesteryear world of Brabeau’s work. These related drop-in programs run from noon to 3 p.m., and admission is free. Visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.
• Also Saturday, work together to build bottle rockets, construct fan blades that generate power, build a tower that supports weight – and much more – in the Family Science Olympiad at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. The event lasts from 1-4 p.m. and is free with the $5 museum admission. More info at marbleskidsmuseum.org.

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