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Sturgeon Supermoon 2022: Attention, Sky Watchers! It’s your last chance to see a supermoon in 2022. After the Buck Moon in July, August brings with it the chance to see the Sturgeon Supermoon. When the full moon – Earth’s only natural satellite – coincides with its closest approach to Earth in its orbit, it is possible to observe a supermoon. There are generally 3 to 4 supermoons per year, and there were four supermoons in 2022, including the current Sturgeon Supermoon.
What is a supermoon?
A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit, at a point known as “perigee”. During each 27-day orbit around Earth, the Moon reaches both its perigee, about 2,26,000 miles from Earth, and its furthest point, or apogee, about 2,51,000 miles from Earth. During this phase, the Moon appears larger and brighter than usual. Reportedly, supermoons shine 30% more light on Earth than usual.
The main reason behind the phenomenon of supermoons is the fact that the Moon orbits the Earth in an elliptical or oval shape. So the distance between the Earth and the Moon changes over time.
How many supermoons are seen in a year?
Supermoons only occur three to four times a year, and they always happen back-to-back. The last supermoon of 2022 will be visible on Thursday, August 11, 2022. It will also appear nearly full on Friday and Saturday, according to NASA.
Last Supermoon of 2022: Time and Date
The Sturgeon supermoon will be visible on the night of the full moon on Thursday (August 11). The supermoon will peak around 01:36 GMT overnight. However, the moon will appear almost full on Friday and Saturday and will be bright.
Why is it called the Sturgeon Supermoon?
The Algonquin tribes who lived in the northeastern USA called the August full moon the sturgeon moon. They named the month after the large fish that were easier to catch in the Great Lakes at that time of year. In the 1930s, the Maine Farmer’s Almanac began publishing Native American names for full moons, according to NASA. That’s how the moon got its name.
When can we see another supermoon?
After the Flower Moon in February, the Strawberry Moon in June, and the Buck Moon in July, August’s Sturgeon Moon is the last supermoon of 2022. According to CBS News, the next supermoons won’t be visible until August 1, 2023, and August 31, 2023, attributed to In-The- Sky.org, online guides to what you can see in the night sky.