Prepare for A Rare Double Supermoon: The Last One For Quite A While

In August, there will be an exciting celestial event, featuring two supermoons, followed by a rare occurrence of a blue moon.

The first show will be on Tuesday evening, when the full moon appears in the southeast. During this time, it will shine slightly brighter and appear larger than usual due to its proximity, being just 222,159 miles (357,530 kilometers) away, earning it the name “supermoon.”

On the night of August 30th, the moon will be even closer, at a mere 222,043 miles (357,344 kilometers) distant. This second full moon of the month qualifies as a blue moon due to its timing, making it an extraordinary sight to behold.

The last time two full supermoons graced the sky in the same month was in 2018. It won’t happen again until 2037, according to Italian astronomer Gianluca Masi, founder of the Virtual Telescope Project.

In technical astronomical terms, a blue moon refers to the occurrence of four full moons within a single season, instead of the usual three. However, more recently, it has also been used to describe a second full moon that happens within a single calendar month.

On the other hand, a supermoon is when the Moon’s closest approach to Earth coincides with either a new or full phase during any single orbit. During this time, the Moon appears slightly brighter and larger in the sky.