SKYGAZERS around the world were treated to a blinding supermoon last night.
The special moment in the moon’s cycle makes it appear larger and brighter than usual.
From London to New York and Paris to Rome, people were waiting to catch a glimpse of the heavenly spectacle – and they weren’t disappointed.
A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth and at the same time full.
This year’s full moon, known as the sturgeon moon, peaked on Thursday evening, as expected.
The name is said to have been coined by North American fishing tribes, as the celestial event coincided with the appearance of sturgeon fish around this time of year.
And you can still catch a glimpse if you missed the peak, as Earth’s natural satellite will also be brighter than usual a few days later.
But that’s not all.
Some locations were also adorned with skies full of whizzing meteors.
The Perseid meteors typically begin to glow in the night sky in July and remain visible through mid-August.
The celestial light show also peaked on Thursday, but could appear for a few more days with luck.
When is the next super moon?
As for the supermoon, the next one won’t show its face for another year.
Experts say it’s due out on August 1, 2023, to be precise.
But next year is also a very special year for the moon, because shortly afterwards, on August 31st, another supermoon follows.
The moon – our nearest neighbor explained
Here’s what you need to know…
- The moon is a natural satellite – a space-faring body orbiting a planet
- It is Earth’s only natural satellite and the fifth largest in the solar system
- The moon is 2,158 miles across, about 0.27 times the diameter of Earth
- Temperatures on the moon range from minus 173 degrees Celsius to 260 degrees Celsius
- Experts assumed the moon to be another planet until Nicolaus Copernicus outlined his theory about our solar system in 1543
- It was finally assigned to a “class” after Galileo discovered four moons orbiting Jupiter in 1610
- The moon is believed to have formed about 4.51 billion years ago
- The strength of its gravitational field is about one-sixth that of Earth’s gravity
- The Earth and Moon have “synchronous rotation” which means we always see the same side of the Moon – hence the expression “dark side of the moon”.
- The moon’s surface is actually dark, but appears bright in the sky due to its reflective subsurface
- During a solar eclipse, the moon almost completely covers the sun. Both objects appear similarly large in the sky because the Sun is both 400 times larger and more distant
- The first spacecraft to reach the moon was in 1959 as part of the Soviet Union’s lunar program
- The first manned orbital mission was NASA’s Apollo 8 in 1968
- And the first manned moon landing took place in 1969 as part of the Apollo 11 mission
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https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9240745/photos-supermoon-world-august/ Stunning images show the last supermoon of the year shining over cities around the world