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See the supermoon at Mammoth Mountain

See the supermoon at Mammoth Mountain
A winter moon lights up Mammoth in this file shot. A "supermoon" takes place Saturday. (Peter Morning / Mammoth Mountain)

For the first time, Mammoth Mountain will host a Supermoon Viewing Party on Saturday from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Guests can take an evening gondola ride to the summit and enjoy live music, food and drink and one of nature's most spectacular scenes.

The cost is $15. It's free for kids 12 and under, who also get complimentary ice cream treats.

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Watching a full moon ascend over the Eastern Sierra from the top of Mammoth Mountain is a special treat in any case. But seeing a spectacular "supermoon" rise  from a perch on the summit may be worth the 300-mile drive from L.A. to this ski and snowboard resort.

A so-called supermoon occurs when a full or new moon is at its closest point to Earth in orbit. When this occurs, the moon appears up to 30% brighter and 14% bigger to sky watchers.

Participants can also take a lighted walk to the lakes basin overlook from the summit, which is an ideal location for moonrise photography.

Info: Mammoth

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