its name comes from Native American Algonquin Tribe
After sturgeons are more easily caught in the Great Lakes and other water bodies at this time of year, the sturgeon moon ends the 2022 series of four supermoons that began in May, according to the report. old farmer’s calendar
. After sunset, look southeast to watch this giant moon rise. It will reach peak illumination at 9:36 p.m. ET on Thursday.
“At certain times of the year, the moon is at its closest point to Earth and they are called supermoons,” American Meteor Society chief operating officer Mike Hankey said in an email. . “It’s just a normal point in the Moon’s orbit. At either end, the Moon is a little bigger or a little smaller (at its farthest point), but there isn’t much difference.
This closest proximity is called perihelion and is only 363,300 km from Earth, according to Nasa
. This is why the super moon also appears brighter than the regular moon. The Moon’s distance from Earth changes throughout the month because its orbit is not a perfect circle, according to the old farmer’s calendar.
If you take a great photo of the supermoon, you can share it on social media with the hashtag #NASAMoonSnap – the phrase NASA uses to track moon-inspired content all the way to launch at the end of the summer of Artemis I, the first test flight of the rocket and spacecraft that will send future astronauts to the Moon, according to NASA Tumblr
. The agency shared a A guide to photographing the moon
It will share content from some users on its social media platforms during the launch broadcast.
The Sturgeon Moon will steal the show from the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks Thursday through Saturday.
“Bright moon phases are harmful to meteor showers because they push out faint meteors,” Hanke said. “A full or nearly full moon dominates part of the sky, making that part undesirable for meteor sightings. The full moon also lasts all night and does not leave hours of complete darkness, which is preferable.
The Perseid meteor shower lasts from July 14 to September 1, and this year’s peak will occur just at 11:00 p.m. ET on Friday (3:00 a.m. UTC on Saturday), according to the EarthSky
. In previous years, the Perseids were a much anticipated downpour in the Northern Hemisphere, where they are often more visible. But that’s only when the moon is not in a phase that dominates the sky.
This year, Perseid – whose numbers increase from late night until early morning – was most visible in early August, when the moon appeared smaller and darker. In previous years, it was most visible in nearly moonless skies.
The rain fragments come from Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which takes 133 years to orbit the Sun just once, according to Nasa
. The last time a comet entered the inner solar system was in 1992.
The remaining space events in 2022
Four more full moons will occur this year, according to old farmer’s calendar
- September 10: Harvest Moon
- October 9: Hunter’s Moon
- November 8: Beaver Moon
- December 7: Cold Moon
Other Native American tribes different names
for the full moon, such as the Cheyenne Tribe’s “dry grass moon” for which it occurs in September, and the “pop trees” for the Arapahoe Tribe for the full moon which occurs in December.
Find out what peak meteor shower events will happen later this year, according to EarthSky guide meteor shower 2022
- Draconids: October 8-9
- Orionids: October 20 to 21
- South Tours: November 5
- Tours North: November 12
- Leonidas: November 17-18
- Gemini: December 13 to 14
- Ursids: December 22 to December 23
And there will be another total lunar eclipse and partial solar eclipse in 2022, according to old farmer’s calendar
. A partial solar eclipse on October 25 will be visible to people in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northeast Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, India, and western China.
The November 8 total lunar eclipse can be seen in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America, and North America between 3:01 a.m. ET and 8:58 a.m. ET. But for people in eastern North America, the moon will set during this time.
Wear appropriate eclipse glasses to safely view a solar eclipse, as sunlight can damage your eyes.