Skywatchers, take note! Today, you have a chance to see a unique celestial event known as the “Blue Moon” in your skies, which is made even more exciting by the presence of the supermoon, which causes the moon to appear somewhat larger and brighter than usual.
The event becomes much more spectacular because the moon is so close to Saturn, which people were able to see with their own eyes just a few days ago.
A supermoon occurs when the elliptical orbit of the full moon brings it closer to Earth. According to Space.com, the moon is 405,500 kilometres away at its furthest point.
The blue moon will be at its brightest around 12:00 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, and its zenith will be at 10:00 p.m. (ET). Observe the full moon after sunset during the dusk hours.
The super blue moon will appear on August 30 at 8:37 p.m. EDT.
It will be the largest of the four supermoons seen this year, and because it will be 3,57,344 kilometres from Earth, it will appear larger than usual, according to The Guardian.
Furthermore, it is critical to remember that the term “blue moon” refers to the occurrence of two full moons in a single calendar month, not the colour of the moon.
According to Sky & Telescope, a full blue moon arises every 2.7 years, but because it only occurs when “volcanic eruptions or forest fires send lots of smoke and fine dust into the atmosphere,” it will not be blue.