Saturday, July 9, 2022

Supermoon of the Veado in July: the biggest and brightest of the year

On July 13 at 18:37 GMT , the Moon will reach its full phase. Several hours earlier, it will also reach its closest point to Earth. This will make it appear 7% larger and shine 16% brighter than a normal Full Moon.


Why is the Full Moon special in July?

First of all, the Full Moon in July 2022 is a supermoon. Second, according to former NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak 's calculations , it is the third consecutive supermoon . We've already had supermoons on May 16th and June 14th, and we're going to appreciate one more on August 12th. Finally, the July Full Moon is the biggest supermoon of 2022 ! The Full Moon will be 357,264 km from Earth, which is the closest perigee of the year. As a comparison, the most distant Full Moon, on January 17, 2022, passed 401,023 km from Earth. The closer our natural satellite gets to Earth, the bigger and brighter it appears in the sky.


What is a supermoon?

A supermoon is a Full or New Moon at its closest approach to or near Earth (within 90% of it) in a given orbit . Since it is not possible to see a New Moon in the sky, there is almost always a comment about super full moons. The number of supermoons in a year can vary, depending on the method chosen to count them


Will the July supermoon look unusually large?

The July supermoon will appear about 7% larger and 16% brighter than an average Full Moon. If you take two pictures of the Full Moons at the closest and farthest points to Earth with the same camera settings, you will see the size difference . But in the sky, there is no second Moon to compare, so it's hard to notice that the Moon is bigger than usual. Still, it's fun to watch, but don't get your hopes up about seeing a huge moon disk.

There's another way to see a larger Full Moon, even if it's not close to Earth. Due to a brain trick called the "Moon illusion", the lunar disk appears larger when it is closer to the horizon. The Moon is low in the sky in the summer months, so the lunar disk will appear larger in the Northern Hemisphere in July. Also, enjoy the large Full Moon as it rises and sets — just after sunset or before dawn.


What will be the color of the July supermoon?

The July supermoon will be closer to the horizon in the Northern Hemisphere, so it will not only look bigger, it may also change color. When the Moon is low, its light passes through more air, so it can appear orange, pink, or red — the same effect causes our beautiful sunsets. To see the intense color, enjoy the view at moonrise or moonset.


When will the next supermoon be?

As we said above, there are different ways to calculate supermoons. If we use the table that belongs to the creator of the term “supermoon”, the American astrologer Richard Nolle , the next Super New Moon will be on December 23, 2022. As for the next Super Full Moon, we will have to wait until August 1, 2023 .

Former NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak , who counted all Full and New Moons within 90% of the month's perigee, suggested a tighter schedule. By that definition, the next Super Full Moon will already occur on August 12, 2022 .


What is the July Full Moon called?

In different cultures, Full Moons are often given names that reflect the peculiarities of a particular season. For example, the July Full Moon is sometimes called the Midway Summer Moon because it rises in midsummer in the Northern Hemisphere. Its other common name is Thunder Moon because of the frequent storms in July.


Deer Full Moon

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac , the popular Native American name for the July Full Moon is Deer Moon . Young male deer are developing new antlers this time of year. By the end of July, the antlers of most deer are fully formed, and the hardening process begins.


Other names for the July Full Moon

Check out some other July Full Moon names coined by different cultures:


Chinese : Moon of the Hungry Spirit;

Celtic : Moon of Claim;

Wicca : Mead Moon;

Cherokee : Ripe Corn Moon;

Southern Hemisphere : Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon.


How to observe a Full Supermoon?

The SuperFull Moon will be seen all night if the weather is good and there are no obstacles preventing your view. You can easily observe it with the naked eye or bring a pair of binoculars or a small telescope to explore its craters. If you decide to use optical equipment, you may want to bring filters, because the Moon will be very bright — it won't harm your eyes, but the shadows on the lunar surface will be fainter.


When does a full moon rise?

A Full Moon occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. That's why it rises around sunset and sets just before dawn; generally speaking, we can only see the exact moment of the full phase in the northern part of the Earth. On July 13, the Moon will reach full phase at 18:37 GMT ; check  that it will be above the horizon by this time at your l

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