The last supermoon of the year wows viewers

The last supermoon of the yr, the Sturgeon Moon, shone in all its glory Thursday night time.

The time period “supermoon” was first coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle and it refers to “a New or Full Moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90 percent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.” It’s when the moon is at its greatest and brightest. Thursday’s supermoon was a marginal supermoon and is the third closest full moon of the yr after the supermoons in June and July. While it might be a supermoon bronze medalist, it was nonetheless fairly dang lovely.

The Sturgeon Moon overlapped with the Perseids meteor bathe, however it nonetheless wowed viewers showing full from Thursday night time to Saturday morning.

The Sturgeon Moon will get its identify from the Native American Algonquin tribes who, in response to the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, referred to the August full moon because the Sturgeon Moon after the fish that have been simpler to catch within the Great Lakes and different our bodies of water in late summer time.

Gray moon in sky.

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The orange Sturgeon Moon over Abruzzo, Italy.

The Sturgeon Moon creeping over the horizon in Italy.
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The Sturgeon Moon with fireworks

The Sturgeon Moon that includes fireworks in Edinburgh.
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Yellow Moon.

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