During the full moon on March 19th 2011, the moon was only 221,565 miles (356,575 kilometers) away. The closest it’s been in almost 20 years. It appeared 14 percent bigger and 30% brighter than usual.
It was awesome!
And indeed much brighter than I've ever seen before.
The view from our bedroom window.
The moon's reflection in the window made it look as if there was
a second "bluish" moon in the sky :)