As summer slips into autumn and the nights start to lengthen, the last supermoon of the year will make a big splash on Thursday (August 11).
“Sturgeon Moon,” given August’s full name Moon About 9:36 a.m. EDT on Thursday (0136 a.m. GMT on Friday), — though the moon will appear bright and full on Wednesday and Friday nights (August 10 and 12).
Most publications consider it to be a supermoon, meaning that a full moon occurs when the Moon is near its closest point. Earth, also known as perigee during the current orbit. The Sturgeon Moon will be visible within 90% perigee, making it a supermoon by most scientific definitions. (Some publications place specific distance or timing constraints on a supermoon, meaning that Sturgeon Moon may not fit every publication’s bill.) Supermoons can appear larger and up to 16% brighter in the sky than the average full moon , According to timeanddate.com,
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After this, Sturgeon Moon will be the fourth consecutive supermoon. Buck Moon In July, Strawberry Moon in June and flower moon (which also shows the total lunar eclipse) in May. August’s full moon will be the last supermoon of the year, according to Farmer’s Almanac,
Why the name of the fish? The Maine Farmers Almanac began printing Native American names for the full moon in the 1930s, according to nasa, and these names have become common today. The name Sturgeon Moon comes from the Algonquin tribes of what we now have in eastern North America, because the larger sturgeon was more easily caught in the Great Lakes at this time of year.
The full moon comes about once a month when SundayEarth and the Moon are aligned on an invisible 180-degree line. The Moon’s orbit is approximately 5 degrees apart from Earth’s orbit, so it is usually slightly higher or lower than Earth’s shadow, allowing the Sun’s rays illuminate the face of the earth,
The next full moon peaks on Saturday, September 10. That moon is commonly called the Harvest Moon.