Sturgeon Supermoon 2022: what time can you see the last full Moon of the year?

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After having witnessed the total lunar eclipse in May, the Strawberry Supermoon in June, then the Deer Supermoon in July, we will now witness a similar astronomical phenomenon that is the Sturgeon Supermoon.

This Supermoon will be the last of the year and is characterized by presenting the full Moon to a distance of at least 90% of perigee, making it appear up to 17% larger and 30% brighter than the average, according to reports from specialized sites.

The astronomical event will have its peak this Thursday night, August 11, at 9:36 pm EDT and 6:36 pm PDT (Friday at 01:36 GMT).

look towards the southeastern sky to see the Sturgeon Supermoon shining about the width of a skinny palm tree to the lower right (or 5 degrees celestial south) of Saturn, recommends astronomer Chris Vaughan of Astrogeo.ca.

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Why is this Supermoon called Sturgeon?

According to a NASA note, since 1930 the Maine Farmers’ Almanac assigned Native American names for full moons in that decade. Those corresponding to the month of August, they were called the Sturgeon Moon after the large fish that were most easily caught at this time of year in the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water.

“This full moon corresponds with the Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan, which celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. One of the traditions is for sisters of all ages to tie a rakhi (a cotton bracelet) around their brother’s wrist, receiving a gift from the brother in return, as a sign of the continuing bond between them. American.

Because this phenomenon is characterized by being seen with the naked eye, Specialists recommend not using specialized equipment, only locating yourself in a completely clear space.

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