The celestial spectacle of the year is approaching!
On the evening of September 28th, skywatchers worldwide will be treated to the final supermoon of the year. This lunar event promises a larger and potentially brighter full moon, thanks to its proximity to Earth.
Up Close and Personal
- The moon’s distance on this occasion will be a mere 361,552 kilometers, in contrast to the average of 384,472 kilometers.
- The moon will appear notably larger and more vivid in the night sky, offering a captivating opportunity for lunar observation.
- Observing this supermoon is refreshingly straightforward; simply gaze upwards to witness the moon’s enhanced size. Using telescopes or binoculars can provide an even more detailed view of its surface.
- For the most impressive display, catch the moon at moonrise, as it ascends above the horizon. Surrounding objects can act as visual reference points, accentuating the moon’s apparent size.
The Harvest Moon
- This month’s Supermoon is also referred to as the Harvest Moon, coinciding with the start of autumn. Its luminous glow aids farmers in their nighttime harvests.
- Although there is no formal definition for a supermoon, it undeniably bathes Earth in approximately 30% more light than during its dimmest phases, as confirmed by the Natural History Museum.
- A fascinating fact: the Moon is gradually distancing itself from Earth. What we call a Supermoon today was once a standard Moon a billion years ago.
This year has been a treat for lunar enthusiasts, with last month also featuring a Supermoon, coincidentally paired with a Blue Moon—the last time this rare convergence will occur this decade.
Witness the celestial splendor on September 28th!