Are you ready for the last ‘super moon’ of 2022?
Although it may be the strangest name of any full moon, there are some good reasons to watch our satellite appear on the eastern horizon. Not only will it be covered in brilliant orange – as every rising moon appears on the horizon – but a full ‘sturgeon moon’ will also be the last supermoon of 2022.
Depending on what definition of supermoon you’re using, it’s either the third or second supermoon of the year. Either way, it will be the second-largest full-looking moon of the year thanks to being 100% lit by the sun less than 10 hours after it reached its closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.
Here’s everything you need to know about the full “Sturgeon Moon” including when, where and how you can see it at its biggest, brightest, and best place to be:
What time is Sturgeon Moon?
The full “Sturgeon Supermoon” will happen on Thursday/Friday, August 11/12, 2022 depending on where you are. For North America it is August 11th while for Europe it is early August 12th.
Why do you catch “Sturgeon Supermoon” at moonrise
It is always best to watch the full moon when it rises. Only on the night of the full moon can the moon be seen appearing on the horizon during dusk. Since it rises after about 50 minutes each night, it rises in the early evening just before the full moon and after dark after the full moon.
The full moon looks its best when the moon rises because you see it at twilight. This is the only night of the month when the moon rises very soon after sunset. You are there to look at the moon at twilight, with your surroundings still visible. This is why a picture of the rising moon can easily be taken while capturing the view around it. This is not possible on any other night of the year.
Why is Europe getting two “full moons” this month
Since the full moon occurs just after midnight in Europe both in the evening before and after the full moon is seen just after sunset. Everything is balanced, which means there are two chances to watch a near-full moon appear over the horizon at twilight.
What is a giant moon?
A supermoon is a full moon that occurs near the moon rock bottom– The point in space when it is closest to Earth during its monthly orbit – which will make the moon appear a few percentage points larger than average. Most noticeable is its added brightness once it rises high in the sky.
What is the “moon illusion”?
The night of the full moon is the only time of the month when you see the disc in the context of its environment. This is important because when your brain sees the moon next to trees, buildings, or mountains, it compares them in terms of size. What happens is that your brain makes the full moon appear larger than it actually is. This is called the “moon illusion” and only occurs when you see a full moon on the horizon. To do this, you have to set your timing.
Best time to watch ‘Sturgeon Supermoon’
Here are the exact times to watch “Sturgeon Supermoon” for August from a few major cities, but check the exact times Moonrise and Moonset for your location. If you don’t see the full moon peeking over the horizon at these exact times – a low cloud and horizontal fog means you’ll have to wait a few minutes.
Just after sunset on Thursday, August 11, 2022
Thursday evening offers the best opportunity to watch the full “Sturgeon Supermoon” rise into the twilight sky:
- Sunset in New York at 8:01pm EST and moonrise at 8:19pm EST (full moon moment at 8:37pm EST – So New Yorkers will easily see it at the exact moment of the full moon!).
- In Los Angeles, sunset is at 7:45 PM PDT and moonrise is at 8:05 PM PT (full moon moment is at 5:37 PM PT).
- The sun sets in London at 8:32 pm GMT and the moon rises at 8:55 pm GMT
Just after sunset on Friday 12 August 2022
Friday evening offers another chance to see the full “Sturgeon Supermoon” soar into the twilight sky, but only from Europe:
- In London, sunset is at 8:30 PM GMT and moonrise is at 9:19 PM GMT (full moon moment is at 1:37 AM GMT).
Where to see “Sturgeon Supermoon”
Look east. Take yourself to an observation post with a clear, unobstructed view of the lower level of the eastern horizon. The full moon always rises in the east at dusk (opposite sunset, or thereabouts) and sets in the west the next morning (opposite sunrise).
How do you see “Sturgeon Supermoon”
The first full moon of the summer season in the northern hemisphere, the ‘sturgeon moon’ will rise in the east just after sunset, shine brightly all night and then set in the west near sunrise.
You don’t need any special equipment to see the full moon – your naked eyes are perfect. However, if you have a pair of binoculars, have them ready for an amazing close-up.
Why does the rising moon appear orange?
A rising full moon looks orange because you see it through a lot of atmosphere (as is the case with sunset). The physics that plays a role is Raleigh scattering, where long-wavelength red light travels more easily through the thicker part of Earth’s atmosphere then short-wavelength blue light, which collides with more particles and is scattered.
I wish you a clear sky and wide eyes.