A Rare Blue Supermoon Will Grace Tonight’s Sky… The Last Until 2032
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CHATTANOOGA, TN – Stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts are in for a spectacular treat tonight as the celestial stage is set for a rare convergence of lunar phenomena. The night’s full moon, already a mesmerizing sight, will be doubly enchanting as it dons two unique attributes – the coveted title of a “blue moon” and the brilliance of a “supermoon.”
A blue moon, which is not actually blue in color, occurs when two full moons grace the skies within a single calendar month. This occurrence is considered relatively rare, hence the phrase “once in a blue moon.”
Tonight’s full moon marks the second full moon of August, bringing with it an extra touch of lunar beauty.
But that’s not all. The moon will also be gracing the night sky as a supermoon. Supermoons occur when the moon’s orbit brings it closest to Earth, resulting in the moon appearing larger and brighter than usual. This phenomenon is sure to captivate viewers, as the moon’s diameter will appear about 8% larger and its luminosity about 16% brighter than a regular full moon.
Astronomy experts and enthusiasts alike are recommending that interested skywatchers check their local lunar charts to find the optimal time for moon gazing. The moon will rise in the eastern horizon, allowing for its best viewing during the early evening hours. As the night progresses, the moon will climb higher, creating an ideal opportunity for photographers and observers to capture its breathtaking splendor.
However, those who miss out on this celestial spectacle will have to wait a while for the next chance. According to astronomical predictions, the next blue supermoon won’t grace the night skies until the year 2032.
This makes tonight’s event all the more special, urging families, friends, and individuals to gather under the stars and share in the awe-inspiring experience.
So, grab your telescopes, binoculars, or just your naked eyes, and prepare to be amazed by the rare sight of a blue supermoon. As the night unfolds, the moon’s ethereal glow will serve as a reminder of the beauty and marvels that the universe has to offer.
SOURCE: NOOGAtoday and NPR