Supermoon 2022: Don’t miss the chance! Witness the brighter and largest supermoon of 2022 tomorrow. Know when and how.
Did you miss last month’s supermoon? Don’t worry! You have another golden chance to see the brightest supermoon. The night sky will be lit up with another supermoon on Wednesday, July 13 when the lunar body makes its closest approach to the Earth this year. This phenomenon is known as a supermoon, which happens on a ‘Full Moon’ night. If weather permits, then the sky gazers will be able to witness a slightly bigger and brighter moon.
Last year in 2021, the supermoon occurred on June 14, which is known as the ‘Strawberry Moon’. According to Native Americans, this was marked as the last full Moon of spring or the first full moon of summer. But this upcoming full moon on July 13 is called the “Buck moon”. The name refers to the time of year when new antlers are growing on male deer or bucks. But how does the concept of a Supermoon emerge? How and when can you catch this Buck Moon? Know all details here.
What is a supermoon?
NASA says that the term “supermoon” was coined in 1979 to use it to describe what astronomers would call a perigean or full moon. Basically, the term gives preference to the geometric alignment of Sun-Earth-Moon that allows the occurrence of a full moon. In other terms, a supermoon occurs when the Moon’s orbit is closest to Earth. The Moon doesn’t have a circular orbit, instead, the Moon orbits Earth in an ellipse, an oval that brings it closer to Earth at a particular time as it goes around. Tomorrow, the Moon will be only 3,57,264 kilometres away from the Earth.
When and how to catch Supermoon 2022?
Skygazers have a golden chance! This upcoming supermoon of 2022 will be visible at 2:38 pm EDT or 12:08 am IST, Thursday on the night of July 13. However, the Moon is likely to appear as a full moon for about three days, from early Tuesday morning till early Friday morning.