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'Supermoon' rises over Los Angeles

March 19, 2011 |  9:02 pm


After the sun set Saturday night, photographer Bisogno Scotti took his tripod and his Nikon and began looking for a place to capture a photo of the biggest, brightest moon in about 20 years, a so-called super perigee moon, which will appear 30% brighter than normal.

At the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park, Scotti found many other people with the same idea -- but no moon. It was too cloudy.

So he drove into downtown Los Angeles, where he set up his tripod at 1st Street and Broadway a few steps away from where dozens of homeless people had bedded down for the night. He aimed it due east, at a space in the sky between City Hall and the criminal courts building. And then he waited.

"It'll be the largest right when it comes over the horizon," he said. Then he frowned. Unless it was behind a cloud and impossible to see.

A young man holding his 3-year-old son walked by on his way to the bus stop. Told that people were waiting for the moon, Deauwan Osborne nodded. "I look for the money every night."

"This is a super perigee moon," Scotti said, noting that it comes out once every 18 years. "There's a superstition that the perigee moon brings disaster," he added.

"That's not true," Scotti's companion, Myrna Dantes added quickly.

A block away, a few minutes later, the moon appeared from behind clouds, its bright light glinting off the empty downtown buildings.

-- Jessica Garrison

Supermoon shines back in da lbc -- all the port diesel fumes provide nice silhouette! Thx long beach

Photos: 'Super-moon' shines in Long Beach. Kimi Yoshino/Los Angeles Times. And in Signal Hill. Megan Garvey/Los Angeles Times. And in Alhambra. Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times. And in Lakewood. Shelby Grad / Los Angeles Times.