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Friday, December 09, 2022

Witness the biggest Supermoon of 2022 TOMORROW, learn why it’s called Buck moon, when, where to watch

Anyone who missed the supermoon in June 2022, also known as the strawberry moon, has another chance to catch a supermoon tomorrow – July 13, 2022. The long-awaited full moon is also known as the Buck moon, a reference to the time of year when new antlers are growing on male or male deer. Bucks lose and grow their antlers each year, producing a bigger and more impressive set as the years go by.

According to NASA, the second Supermoon of 2022 will last up to three days this week. “The moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Tuesday morning to Friday morning,” the US space agency said in a statement.

On Wednesday (July 13) at 5:00 am EDT (2:30 PM IST), the moon will reach its closest point to Earth in 2022 – a perigee distance of 357,264 kilometers away. On Wednesday night, when evening twilight ends at 9:44 pm EDT (7:14 am IST), the full moon will appear 5 degrees above the southeast horizon, NASA said.

“July Buck’s Full Moon orbits closer to Earth than any other full moon this year, making it the largest and brightest supermoon of 2022! 200 km,” as per Almanaque.com.

What is a supermoon?

The ‘Supermoon’ can be seen when a full moon coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit. The closest point is called perigee. The term ‘Supermoon’ was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979. It is not considered an official astronomical term.

According to the common understanding of the term, ‘Supermoon’ refers to a new or full moon that happens when the Moon is within 90% of perigee. The first supermoon of 2022 was born in June and the third and last of the year will be born in August. The next supermoon is scheduled to appear on September 18, 2024.

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