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Last supermoon of the year shines in the night sky in August 2022

Created: 08/18/2022, 06:15 am

Already in June and around July 2022 the full moon became a super moon. In August 2022 there will be a super moon for the last time this year. When does he shine?

Berlin – All good things don’t come in threes. But four. Because: In 2022 there will be four times a super moon in the sky in Germany. From May to July 2022 you could see the particularly full full moon in the night sky once every month, which bears the name Super Moon 2022. Why is the super moon called super moon? Quite simply: one speaks of a supermoon when the distance to earth is at its shortest. That’s exactly what happened three times this year during the Super Moon 2022.

The fourth super moon of 2022 is still missing. The last super moon of 2022 will be visible in August. The next one will not follow until August 1, 2023. When will the super moon 2022 shine particularly brightly in the sky again in August?

Supermoon: More spectacles besides the particularly bright full moon in August 2022

After the super moon in June and the super moon in July 2022, it is worth looking up at the firmament again in August 2022. And not only because of the shooting stars in August, the so-called Perseids, which can be seen particularly often and well in this month. The Perseids are a meteor shower that recurs annually in the first half of August, which shows a clear maximum of shooting stars around August 12th. In addition to the shooting stars that catch one’s eye when glancing up at the sky in August 2022, the Super Moon in August 2022, on August 12th, is also not to be missed.

Der Supermond am Nachthimmel über Deutschland.
The super moon in the night sky over Germany – on August 12, 2022 it can be seen again. © Hartenfelser/imago

Due to the close proximity to the earth, the full moon appears particularly large to its viewers. And particularly bright. Just like in the two previous months of August 2022, in which there was already a super moon to admire, in which the full moon was remarkably large in the sky. Such a day, when the moon will be particularly close to the earth, is also on Friday, August 12, 2022. Then there is the last super moon of the year. But what time can you see the supermoon in August on that day?

Super moon in August 2022: At what time can the particularly bright full moon be seen on August 13, 2022?

The next full moon in Germany in 2022 will be visible on Friday, August 12 at 3:35 a.m. The supermoon will then be 361,411 kilometers from Earth and thus falls into the category that it can be called a supermoon. One speaks of a super moon, as with the super moon in August 2022, when a full moon or new moon is around 360,000 kilometers from the center of the earth. For comparison: The full moon in September 2022, it is on September 10, 2022, is already 369,132 kilometers away from Earth and is therefore not a super moon. The average distance between the earth and the moon is 384,400 kilometers.

What is a super moon?

A super moon is a full moon or new moon that is approximately 360,000 kilometers from the center of the earth.

When is the August 2022 supermoon coming?

The next Supermoon will be visible in the night sky on Friday, August 12, 2022. The supermoon will come particularly close to Earth in August 2022 at 3:35 a.m. at a distance of 361,411 kilometers.

What is special about a super moon?

Because the moon is closer to Earth than usual at the time of a supermoon, it appears about seven to 14 percent larger in the night sky than on normal lunar days, according to NASA. The difference corresponds to the difference between a one euro and two euro coin. Due to the increasing area, more sunlight is reflected by the moon, so that it also appears significantly brighter.

In addition, in August 2022 the Supermoon will be in the opposite position to the Sun, therefore the facing side of the Moon will then be fully illuminated. Seen from the sun, the supermoon in August 2022 will then be behind the earth and illuminated by the sun’s light. The opposite of the super moon as in August 2022 is the mini moon. One speaks of it when the moon is more than 405,000 kilometers away from the earth. In the case of the super moon, the Earth’s satellite shines up to 30 percent brighter.

Supermoon in August 2022: Full moon appears in the sky almost seven percent larger than an average moon

Due to its relatively small distance from Earth, a super full moon like the super moon in August 2022 appears almost seven percent larger in the sky than an average moon. Compared to the mini moon, its diameter even increases by about twelve to 14 percent. When will the moon appear as a full moon in 2022? This table shows:

Full moon in September 2022 Sep 10, 2022 11:59 am
Full moon in October 2022 Oct 09, 2022 10:54 p.m
Full moon in November 2022 Nov 08, 2022 12:02 p.m
Full moon in December 2022 Dec 08, 2022 5:08 am

So while the full moon will shine as usual in the coming months, which is the case about every 28 days, the full moon in August 2022 is, as mentioned, the last super moon to be seen in 2022. After that, all Supermoon watchers will have to wait for almost a year. Incidentally, on the night in which the supermoon can be seen in August 2022, it has a negative influence on the Perseids: Because the supermoon 2022 shines so brightly in August, it disturbs the view of the shooting stars.

Super moon in August 2022: why is the full moon now called grain moon or sturgeon moon

Incidentally, the August full moon is also known as the sturgeon moon or grain moon. NASA explains why the last supermoon of the year is named after the fish sturgeon as follows: The large sturgeon could be more easily caught in the Great Lakes at this time. The moon also marks harvest time, hence the name grain moon.

Not only super moon in August 2022 as a phenomenon in the sky: In May 2022 there was a total lunar eclipse and a blood moon

The last time there was a total lunar eclipse and a blood moon was in May 2022. To explain what a total lunar eclipse is: During a total lunar eclipse, the moon moves through the shadow that the earth casts in space. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s umbra completely covers the full moon. As a result of the total lunar eclipse on May 16, 2022, astronomy fans came to see another rare phenomenon with the “blood moon”.

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This spectacle also brings another celestial phenomenon into play, which is known as the “blood moon”, “copper moon” or also as the “rust moon”. The moon reappears in the sky after the earth’s umbra has covered the entire lunar disk. However, the entire lunar disc is then colored blood-red.

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