This August supermoon will be blue

After the first supermoon of the month, in August we will say goodbye with another supermoon that will be even more special, since it is called "blue." This phenomenon will not occur again until 2037.

The year 2023 will offer us the opportunity to enjoy up to four supermoons. August will be an especially generous month, as it will give us two supermoons: one on the first day of the month and another on the last day. This means that we will be able to admire the exceptional beauty and luminosity of the Moon on these special dates. Don't miss the opportunity to marvel at these unique astronomical events.

The first supermoon of August, known as the 'Sturgeon moon', reached its maximum splendor on August 1 at 19.31:XNUMX pm from Spain. During that time, we were able to enjoy the moon in its brightest and largest form yet. It is interesting to note that many of the popular nicknames used to refer to full moons come from ancient traditions of Native Americans and other cultural sources in South America. North. These nicknames have been passed down from generation to generation, giving special meaning to these celestial events.

When and where to see the super blue moon?

However, now is the time for the second supermoon of the month, which is also known as a blue moon. This astronomical event is so peculiar and rare that it will not occur again until the year 2037. The supermoon will reach its maximum apogee at 3:36 in the morning (Spain time), during the night of August 30 to 31. It is a unique moment to observe and enjoy this celestial phenomenon. And in the rest of the countries? Take note:

  • Around 19:30 p.m. on August 30 (time of Mexico).
  • Around 20:30 p.m. on August 30 (time of Colombia).
  • At around 22:30 p.m. on August 30 (time of Argentina).

However, the Super Blue Moon will only be visible once it rises above the horizon, specifically during sunset on August 30.

The expression "blue moon" is not related to the color of the moon, but to its frequency. The second full moon that occurs within the same calendar month is called a "blue moon." The fact that some months have 31 days increases the possibility of this phenomenon occurring, although it is quite rare to see two full moons in the same month. The last time we were able to observe a super blue moon was in 2021. The appearance of full moons in this season is really peculiar and occurs approximately every two and a half years. Interestingly, during this period, full moons tend to rise slowly and remain low on the horizon. As a result, instead of being bluish, they appear with orange tones. According to calculations, the next blue moon is expected to occur in the year 2026. However, unlike other occasions, this time it will not be a supermoon. It is important to mention that in 2024 there will also be another blue moon, but it will be considered "seasonal."

Same moon, several names

According to Maine Farmer's AlmanacWhen the full moon of August occurred, the Algonquian tribes in what is now the northeastern United States called the lunar disk the Sturgeon Moon after these large fish that were much more easily caught during this time of year in the Great Lakes and other large bodies of water.

This year, the supermoon cycle is really notable because the four occurrences occur consecutively. The first supermoon took place on July 3, followed by two more in August, and the last of this series can be admired on September 29.

What is a supermoon?

"The Sun always illuminates half of the Moon while the other half remains dark, but how much of that illuminated half we can see changes as the Moon travels through its orbit.", explains NASA. During the full moon phase, we can enjoy impressive solar illumination on the entire dayside of the Moon. However, when this coincidence occurs at the same time that the moon is in its closest orbit to the Earth, we call it a "supermoon" and can perceive up to 30% brighter and 14% larger than usual. As we always clarify, it is an optical effect and not a real one, which occurs on certain dates of the year.

The moon's orbit around the Earth is not a perfect circle, but rather has an oval or elliptical shape. This means that the moon oscillates between closer and farther distances from our planet as it completes its orbital cycle.

And a super blue moon?

A super blue moon is a rare astronomical event that occurs when there are two full moons in a single month and the second occurs at perigee, that is, when it is closest to Earth.

It is interesting to note that the last time we witnessed a Blue Moon at Perigee was more than 27 years ago, specifically on July 30, 1996. We will have to wait until December 31, 2115 to be able to enjoy this rare astronomical phenomenon again. .

Full moon calendar for the remainder of the year:

  • August 31, Blue Moon (supermoon)
  • September 29, Harvest Moon (supermoon)
  • October 28, Hunter's Moon
  • November 27, Beaver Moon
  • December 27, Ice Moon

With information from: NASA Solar System Website