A RARE Supermoon will be visible in the sky tonight as Earth rotates to the closest point between its lunar sibling.
The Sturgeon Full Moon rises on Tuesday (August 1st) before the month ends with the Blue Full Moon (August 30th).
A so-called supermoon is what astronomers refer to as a “Perigean full moon.”
This is when a full moon occurs at the same time – or almost – the time the moon is closest to us in its orbit.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, a supermoon exceeds the disc size of an average-sized moon by up to 8 percent and the brightness of an average-sized full moon by about 16 percent.
Though you may not see the difference in size, a supermoon appears much brighter than usual — and may even have a reddish cast.
There are four super moons in a row this year.
Today’s supermoon is the second of this rare sequence.
From the UK, the moon is visible between 7:30pm BST and 4:00am BST.
From New York, it will rise around 9:30 p.m. EDT and set around 5:10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday (August 2).
how do i see it
Despite the catchy name, a supermoon can be observed just like a normal moon.
At this time of the month it is visible most of the night.
Being in a rural area with a clear skyline helps.
But cloud cover can ruin a night watcher’s best plans.
In that case, you’ll have to wait until August 30 to catch a glimpse of the next supermoon.
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