Get ready for an exceptional celestial event, sky enthusiasts!
This week, a phenomenon known as the “once in a blue moon” will grace the skies on August 30.
Despite its name, the term “blue moon” doesn’t refer to the moon’s color but signifies the occurrence of a second full moon within a single month. This rare event, happening roughly every 2.5 years, doesn’t adhere to the typical lunar nomenclature and is labeled a “Blue Moon.”
The upcoming instance will also take the form of a “super blue moon,” denoting the second full moon in a month according to the moon’s nearest approach to Earth, thus making it a “super moon.”
Supermoons, shining 16% brighter and appearing larger, create a mesmerizing spectacle.
For optimal viewing, catch the full moon shortly after sunset during the twilight phase.
On August 30, at 8:37 p.m. EDT, the Super Blue Moon will reach its maximum luminosity, providing an ideal chance to witness its brilliance. European viewers get an additional opportunity on August 31, with the moonrise slightly delayed.
NASA highlights the rarity of blue supermoons, occurring about once a decade due to specific astronomical conditions, and the gaps between occurrences can even extend to two decades.
While blue moons constitute only 3% of full moons, supermoons make up roughly 25%. The intervals between super blue moons can be irregular but usually average around a decade. The next occurrences are anticipated in January and March 2037.