Supermoon: How and When to See It

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THE Buck Moon, the supermoon of the month of August and can be seen on Tuesday, August 1st. To enjoy the sight of the supermoon, it will be at its brightest and biggest at 7:31 p.m. 

The Buck Moon

This August supermoon will be even more incredible than the July one, and look 7.1% larger and 15.6% brighter than a normal full moon. This will make it easy to see with the naked eye, with no need for a telescope. The moon will also look as if it is hanging lower than normal, and take on a reddish tinge.

What is a Supermoon?

The term “Supermoon” dates back to 1979, and was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, who decided to name the phenomenon when the moon is at the closest part of its trajectory to Earth, making it appear larger and brighter. The name was then adopted by NASA and the media. Scientists prefer to call the phenomenon “perigee-syzygy”.

The Moon with Many Names

The name originates from the Native Americans, as male deer experience full growth of their antlers in July.

The moon is also referred to as the Sturgeon Moon, as the bright moonlight makes it easy to catch the sturgeon in the rivers and lakes. Sturgeon are freshwater fish that can grow to a staggering 3.5 metres long and weigh up to 90 kilos, they are on the endangered list, due to pollution in their natural environments and fishing.

Another Native American tribe, the Ojibwa people, call it the Blackberry Moon because the harvest of this fruit coincides with its arrival.

It is also known as the Corn Moon due to it being the most common time for farmers to plant corn so that it is ready for harvest in autumn, and is also known as the Lynx Moon in Northern parts of Spain, due to its curved shape.

Whatever the name, this supermoon is not to be missed and will be a stunning sight in the night sky.

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Lisa Zeffertt

Lisa is British, born in Hong Kong and has lived in many countries including the UK, Hong Kong, Cyprus, and Thailand, Spain has been her home for the past 10 years. After graduating with a BA in English Literature and Art History, she has worked in different sectors, most recently as a ghostwriter and translator for six years Writing is one of her passions, as well as working in both Spanish (fluent) and English.