SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The brightest moon in almost 69 years lit up the sky in a treat for star watchers around the globe. Some San Diegans had a closer look by hiking Cowles Mountain.
As the moon rose, big crowds took a night hike and some even had a party at the top of the mountain.
"There are tons of people out here, just driving to the mountain. You could see all the lights. It was really pretty to see all the lights," said Sarah Ortiz.
The moon orbits the Earth in an oval shape. The moon will be at its brightest this week because it is coming closer to the Earth along its elliptical orbit than at any time since January 1948.
"Our tiny phone is not the best camera for something like that," said Ortiz.
Hikers said no matter the timing, the supermoon at the top of Cowles Mountain is worth the time and hike.
The supermoon will also bring stronger than usual high tides, followed by plunging low tides the next morning.
In 2034, the moon will come even closer, within 221,485 miles. That, too, will be a supermoon.
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A five-county procession for a fallen San Diego County firefighter on Sunday was delayed by heavy traffic in the Los Angeles area.
One person was killed and at least two others injured in a two-car crash on Old Highway 395 near Pala Mesa Resort on Sunday.
A small plane crashed and burned in an El Cajon parking lot shortly after takeoff Sunday, sending three people to a hospital.
A driver's license and drunken driving checkpoint in Poway resulted in four arrests, sheriff's officials said Sunday.
Despite recent windy, dry conditions, some San Diegans were treated to cool weather, and in some areas, light sprinkles this weekend.
Distraught doesn't begin to describe the family of Jermaine Barnes, a Mountain View man left with life-threatening brain injuries after he was hit by a car Friday night outside of his home.
Gun owners were given the chance to trade in their unwanted firearms for cash or a skateboard at a gun buyback event hosted by local police and faith leaders on Saturday.
More than 140 children received early Christmas gifts Saturday thanks to a local church and the county's bravest men and women.
The replacement event for the long-running but now-defunct Chargers Blood Drive was held Saturday at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center.