Did you miss the August Supermoon? Check out the 2023 full moon calendar to see another latest supermoon of the year

The next full moon will be on Friday, September 29, 2023, at 5:57 a.m. ET (09:57 GMT). Keep in mind, however, that the moon not only appears full at its apex but also on the nights before and after it, making it visible to casual observers. This upcoming full moon follows the second full moon of August, known as the super blue moon, which occurred on August 30th. Traditionally known as the Autumnal Equinox Moon, the September full moon marks the culmination of 2023’s quartet of supermoons.

What are Supermoons?

Supermoons are phenomena that occur along the Moon’s elliptical orbit around the Earth. As opposed to a perfect circle, the moon’s orbit more closely resembles an oblate circle or ellipse. This means that during its 27.3-day journey around the Earth, there are times when the moon is closest to our planet (perigee) and times when it is farther away (apogee).

According to Fred Espanak, an eclipse expert and retired NASA astrophysicist, a supermoon occurs when the full moon is only 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth. In 2023 we will be lucky enough to experience four supermoons. The first two Supermoons occurred on July 3rd and August 1st, while the next two Supermoons occurred on August 30th and September 29th.

Although we generally speak of the full moon occurring about once a month, it is important to understand that it is not always perfect. Due to the rotation of the moon, part of it remains in shadow for most of the full moon. Only when the Moon, Earth, and Sun are in exact alignment do we see a 100% Full Moon, and this alignment is usually associated with lunar eclipses.

Sometimes, as they say, “once in the blue of the moon”; in a calendar month, we experience the second full moon. The phenomenon can occur up to four times per season, depending on the definition.

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Full moon calendar 2023

According to NASA data, full moons are expected in 2023 on the following dates:

• January 6th: Wolf moon at 18:08. US Eastern Time (23:08 GMT)
• February 5: Snow Moon at 1:29 p.m.M. US Eastern Time (18:29 GMT)
• On March 7th, the Worm Moon will grace the skies at precisely 7:40 am in the US Eastern Time zone (or 12:40 GMT).
• 6. April: Pink Moon um 12:34 U.Southeast Time (04:34 GMT)
• May 5: Flower Moon at 13:34 US.New York time (17:34 GMT)
• June 3: Strawberry Moon at 23:42 EST USA (03:42, June 4 GMT)
• July 3: Deer Moon at 7:39 GMT.M. US Eastern Time (11:39 GMT)
• August 1: Moon Sturgeon at 2:31 p.m.US Eastern Time (18:31 GMT)
• 30. August: Blue Moon um 21:35 New York time (01:35 GMT on August 31)
• September 29: Harvest Moon at 5:57 in the US Eastern Time (09:57 GMT)
• October 28: Hunter Moon at 4:24 pm US Eastern Time (20:24 GMT)
• November 27: Beaver Moon at 4:16 a.m.M. US Eastern Time (09:16 GMT)
• December 26: Cold Moon at 22:33.US Eastern Time (December 27, 03:33 GMT)

FAQ:

What are Supermoons?

Supermoons are a celestial phenomenon where the moon appears larger and brighter in the sky than a typical full moon. This is due to the Moon’s elliptical orbit around the Earth, which means it doesn’t follow a perfectly circular path, but rather a slightly elongated path. Consequently, there are times when the Moon is closest to Earth in its orbit (perigee) and times when it is farther away (apogee).

What is the full moon?

The full moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the moon is directly opposite the sun as seen from Earth. During this phase, the entire illuminated half of the Moon is visible from Earth, appearing as a full, bright circle in the night sky. The full moon usually occurs every 29 months 5 days in which the moon completes its rotation around the earth.

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