Watch the supermoon of August 2023 rise today with free telescope livestream (video) (Image Credit: Space.com)
The first of two supermoons this month, The Full Sturgeon Moon, rises today (Aug. 1). It’ll be followed by the Full Blue Moon, which rises on Aug. 30.
Both are considered supermoons because they’re full moons that occur when the moon reaches its closest point to Earth (or perigee) during its 27.3-day orbit of our planet. This can result in a visible size increase of up to 14% — which is significant, but not necessarily enough to be noticeable unless you spend a lot of time observing the moon.
If conditions aren’t right in your area to get outside and watch the Full Sturgeon Moon this year, you’re in luck: The Virtual Telescope Project based outside of Rome, Italy will be hosting a free telescope livestream of August’s first full moon starting at 2:40 p.m. ET (1840 GMT). Watch it live here at Space.com courtesy of astronomer Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project.
As seen from New York City, the Full Sturgeon Moon will rise close to 9:30 p.m. EDT (0130 GMT on Aug. 2), and will set at 5:11 a.m. EDT (0911 GMT) on Wednesday, Aug. 2, according to In the Sky.
Because this event takes place while the moon is so close to Earth, skywatchers can also expect up to a 30% brightening of the visible face of the moon. During the Full Sturgeon Moon, the moon will be located 222,158 miles (357,530 km) from Earth.
On average, the moon sits around 238,000 miles (382,900 km) away. But because the moon’s orbit is elliptical, or oval-shaped, the distance between our planet and its companion changes throughout the moon’s trajectory. The exact moment of perigee, at which point the moon will be closest to Earth, happens on Wednesday (Aug. 2) at 1:52 a.m. EDT (0552 GMT).
And if you’re looking to snap photos of the moon and the night sky in general, check out our guide on how to photograph the moon, as well as our best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography.
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