Sturgeon Moon: The Final Supermoon of 2022 Set to Rise This Week

On Thursday night, the last supermoon of 2022 will rise above Chicago, and if you miss the spectacle, you'll have to wait almost a year to see it again.

A "supermoon," according to NASA, is a full moon that happens when the celestial body is closest to Earth in its orbit

This year, the full moon on Thursday will mark the fourth consecutive supermoon.

The greater proximity to Earth during a supermoon causes the full moon to appear brighter than usual

according to NASA, even though its "luminance," or the amount of light it reflects from the sun, is actually the same.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the August full moon is known as the "Sturgeon Moon" because Native Americans relied heavily on the enormous quantities of sturgeon

You will have to wait a while to see another supermoon if you miss this month's.

The next supermoon isn't expected until August 1, 2023, however the following year will have two supermoons because there will be another full moon on August 31.

A "Super Blue Moon" will take place on that date if there is a second full moon in a calendar month, which is known traditionally as a "Blue Moon."

This year's Perseid meteor shower, which peaks late on Thursday night and into Friday morning, will peak at the same time as the Sturgeon Supermoon.

According to astronomers at the Adler Planetarium, it will be best to observe those streaks of light after midnight because the full moon will make it harder to see that yearly meteor

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