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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

How to Get the Best View of the Year’s Final Supermoon

The full moon that will occur on Thursday evening will be much brighter and somewhat bigger than normal. According to NASA, today’s full moon is also the last supermoon of the year.

The Native Algonquin people gave it its name, according to a 1930s edition of the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, for the enormous fish that are unusually numerous in the Great Lakes at this time of year. However, the Sturgeon Moon won’t be all that obvious to casual viewers. However, specialists said that it brought to mind the awe that comes with gazing at a full moon.

A full moon that takes place while the moon is at its perigee, or its closest point to Earth in its orbit, is referred to as a supermoon. Because of this, a supermoon seems far larger and more brilliant than regular full moons.

It’s not like it’s glaringly obvious or anything. Noah Petro, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said that despite this, it is still capable of presenting a breathtaking view on a moonless night.

According to him, a supermoon is around 17 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon that is at its apogee, which is its point of greatest distance from Earth. In spite of this, there is not a huge amount of difference between a supermoon and a full moon that takes place when the moon is further away from Earth.

Since Wednesday, the moon has had a full appearance; but, according to NASA, the Sturgeon Moon will not be visible until Thursday evening at 9:36 p.m. Eastern Time. People who wish to witness the supermoon should get an early start, according to Dr. Faherty’s advice, and begin by watching the moon rise just after the sun goes down.

On Thursday night, there will be a number of astronomical phenomena taking place. The best time to see the Perseid meteor shower, which is consistently ranked as one of the most spectacular of the year, is Thursday night and Friday early. In addition, Saturn will be seen approaching the moon on Thursday evening. According to NASA, it will be at its brightest and closest to Earth on Sunday than at any other time this year.

Through the early hours of Saturday morning, the moon will seem to be full. Simply go outdoors and stare at the sky. It can be beneficial to go someplace where there is less light pollution. In order to capture the beauty of the moment in a shot, NASA has provided some helpful hints.

A Boyle
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