First of 4 supermoons in 2023 is coming Monday

This will happen again twice in August and once in September. The second supermoon in August will be closest to Earth – just 238,900 miles away.

Michele Powers

Jul 2, 2023, 3:55 PM

Updated 328 days ago

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July is here and so is another full moon.
About three or four times a year, the full moon coincides with its closest point to Earth, creating what's known as a supermoon. To astronomers, it’s known as the perigean full moon.
What makes it so super? It’s due to the moon’s orbit not being a perfect circle. It’s actually an ellipse. At times, it’s a little closer to Earth and at other times, it’s a little farther away. This full moon on Monday is closer and it will be one of four for this year.
This will happen again twice in August and once in September. The second supermoon in August will be closest to Earth – just 238,900 miles away.
Since August has two full moons (Aug. 1 and Aug. 30), the second one will also be called “blue.” The moon won’t actually appear blue, it’s just a name.
The full moon for the month of July is known as the “Buck Moon.” This is due to deer antlers growing back after shedding in the spring.
(Michele Powers, News 12 Meteorologist)


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