When to see rare August Supermoons
We are in for a double shot of extra moon this month. The moon will be quite a sight this August, with a sturgeon Supermoon visible tonight and then a rare blue Supermoon coming at the end of the month.
The sturgeon moon got its name from Native American tribes that found that the giant sturgeons from the Great Lakes were “most readily caught” at this time of the summer, according to Farmer’s Almanac. It’s also known as a green corn moon, grain moon, flying-up moon, harvest moon, ricing moon, black cherries moon and mountain shadow moon.
A blue Supermoon, however, happens far less often. The last blue Supermoon was in December 2009, and the next one won’t be until August 2032. This year’s blue Supermoon will peak on August 30th. The end-of-August Supermoon will be the biggest and brightest of 2023 because the moon will be “exceptionally close” to Earth at 222,043 miles.