The fourth and final supermoon of 2022, known as the Sturgeon Moon, will take place on Thursday, August 11 at 9:36 PM EDT and 6:36 PM PDT (Friday at 1:36 AM GMT.)
Look to the southeast sky to see the sturgeon super moon shines about a slender palm width to the lower right (or 5 degrees to the celestial south) saturn, according to astronomer Chris Vaughan from Astrogeo.ca (opens in a new tab)which prepares Space.com’s monthly Night Sky Calendar in collaboration with the Simulation Curriculum.
This dazzling lunar show is unlikely to be appreciated by all, as it unfortunately clashes with one of the most anticipated meteor showers of the year – the Perseid meteor shower. While most observers in North America will normally be able to see 50 or 60 meteors per hour, full moon will reduce the visibility of meteors to approx. 10-20 per hour at most according to a statement from NASA (opens in a new tab).
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A full moon occurs when the moon and sun are opposite each other and sunlight hits the moon face on. As such, it can be difficult to see details on the lunar surface during a full moon due to the lack of shadows.
Supermoons occur when the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth in its orbit – known as perigee. According to the Farmer’s Almanac (opens in a new tab) and Fred Espanak (opens in a new tab)eclipse expert and retired NASA astrophysicist, the definition of a super moon is a full moon within 90% of its closest approach to Earth giving us four to see this year, we’ve already seen three in May, June and July and August’s supermoon will be the last of the year. But supermoon streaks like the one we’ve seen this year aren’t particularly unusual. Per his website (opens in a new tab)2023 will also see four consecutive full supermoons, as will 2024. Even 2025 has three in a row.
If you’re looking for a telescope or binoculars to observe the last supermoon of the year, our guides to the best binoculars deals and the best telescope deals now can help. Our best astrophotography cameras and best astrophotography lenses can also help you prepare to capture the next sky-gazing sight on your own.
Want to take a more in-depth tour of our rocky companion? Ours the ultimate guide to observing the moon will help you plan your next skywatching venture, whether it’s exploring the lunar sea, the mountainous terrain or the many craters that cover the landscape. You can also see where astronauts, rovers and landers have ventured with ours Observation Guide to Apollo Landing Sites.
The next full moon will occur on September 10 and is known as the “Harvest Moon”.
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