“The Sturgeon Moon: A Celestial Phenomenon Captivates Stargazers Worldwide”

By | August 2, 2023



The second supermoon of the year, known as the Sturgeon Moon, captivated stargazers around the world on Tuesday night. People in Europe, the Americas, and Asia marveled at the celestial phenomenon, taking a break from their daily routines to appreciate the night sky. Social media was flooded with images of the supermoon, showcasing its golden, amber, and silver tones. A supermoon occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth, making it appear larger and brighter than other full moons. Although cloud cover hindered visibility in some areas, astronomers believe there may be another chance to witness the spectacle on Wednesday night. The next supermoon, known as the Blue Moon, will occur on August 30th and will be the closest and brightest full supermoon of the year. Derrick Bryson Taylor reported

The Sturgeon Moon: A Spectacular Celestial Phenomenon

The Sturgeon Moon: A Spectacular Celestial Phenomenon

Sturgeon Moon

The Sturgeon Moon Captivates Stargazers

The second supermoon of this year — the Sturgeon Moon — left stargazers awed on Tuesday night, drawing large crowds in parts of Europe, the Americas, and Asia, and once again piquing interest in the night sky. It’s a celestial phenomenon that offers people a break from their daily routines and allows them to appreciate the wonders of the universe.

Francisco Diego, an astronomer who lectures at University College London, expressed his enthusiasm for the event, stating, “It’s nice that people get away from their daily routines and all the horrible things that are going around in the world, and then take some time to really appreciate this celestial phenomenon.”

Social Media Flooded with Stunning Supermoon Images

Images of the supermoon flooded social media on Tuesday night, with many people capturing its golden, amber, and eventually silver tones as it rose over Cape Sounion, Greece; Madrid; New York; and Rio de Janeiro. Fortunately, these cities were blessed with clear skies, providing unobstructed views of the breathtaking celestial event.

The Science Behind Supermoons

A supermoon occurs when the moon is at perigee — its closest point to Earth in its orbit — making it appear larger and brighter than other full moons. Coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, the term “supermoon” has gained popularity. However, it’s important to note that it is not an official astronomical term.

In London and other parts of Britain, cloud cover on Tuesday night hindered the view of the supermoon’s full splendor. Astronomer Francisco Diego suggests that onlookers might get a second chance on Wednesday night, with the moon still appearing round and large, despite a small sliver being darkened on its right side.

A Year of Supermoons

Tuesday night’s supermoon was the second of the year, following the one in early July, which attracted people to major cities like Istanbul and Los Angeles. The next supermoon is scheduled for August 30th and will be known as a Blue Moon since it is the second full moon of the month. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, this upcoming supermoon will be the closest and brightest of the year. Additionally, Saturn will be visible around five degrees to the upper right of the moon, moving clockwise throughout the evening, as confirmed by NASA.

September will bring the fourth and final supermoon of the year, often referred to as the Harvest Moon.

Having four supermoons in a three-month period is considered “more or less rare,” according to astronomer Francisco Diego.