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Supermoon puts on a show for sky gazers

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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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