The next super blue moon of 2023, will rise on Wednesday, Aug. 30, and it will be one of the brightest and largest moons of the year. While some people know how to watch the blue moon, others don’t. In this article, we revealed how you can catch a glimpse of the natural phenomenon. Also, we talked about what a super blue moon is, as well as when you will see the next super blue moon.
What is a super blue moon?
Blue moon is a term that is commonly used to refer to the second full moon that occurs in a single calendar month. The second full moon will occur on Wednesday, August 30, making it a Blue Moon. The first full moon of August was on Tuesday, August 1.
This year’s moon will be described as a supermoon, and this is because it will appear larger and brighter than a regular full moon due to how closer it will come to earth.
How to watch the blue moon
The blue moon will rise just after sunset, at 7:10 p.m. EDT (11:10 p.m. GMT), on Wednesday. This will be from the eastern horizon. However, this will not be when it is at its biggest and brightest. According to astronomers, the full moon or super moon is defined as the point at which it comes some 180 degrees from the sun. Also at this stage, the full moon stands completely opposites stars in the sky.
For this 2023 blue moon, the moon will be opposite the sun at exactly 9:36 p.m. EDT, on Wednesday. This time translates to 3:36 a.m. on Thursday, August 31. At this time, it will be in the constellation of Aquarius. The Blue Moon will then set on Thursday, just before the sun rises at around 6:46 a.m. EDT (10:46 a.m. GMT).
To watch the occurrence to satisfaction, NASA recommends that you use Celestron Astro Fi 102, a telescope that can be easily controlled using smartphone.
When is the next super blue moon?
According to NASA, the world will witness another super blue moon in January 2037, followed by another one in March of the same year. The last time the phenomenon occurred was in August 2009, some 14 years ago.
How often do super blue moons occur?
The occurrence of a blue moon and a supermoon at the same time is much less common than either a blue moon or a supermoon happening on its own.
While a super blue moon could happen twice within the same month, they can also be separated by periods as long as 20 years. NASA however, says the average time between Super Blue Moons is 10 years.
So, in every ten or more years, you can be expecting to see the phenomenon occur.