This year's only "blue" Moon will be visible on August 30

August 28, 2023  17:00

People all over the world will be able to witness an unusual full moon that will take place on the night of August 30. It will be the second full moon in a month, which only happens once every year or two. As NASA reports, this rare astronomical phenomenon is called a "blue" Moon, and it is not related to its shadow.

According to astronomers, the full moon on August 30 will also be a supermoon, when the moon is at perigee, the point in its orbit that is closest to our planet. During a supermoon, the celestial body appears brighter and larger to observers from Earth, although visually the Moon's disc expands by only 7% compared to its other positions.

The last time the "blue" Moon was seen was in August 2021. The phenomenon will be repeated only in August 2024.

Along with the "blue" Moon, this year space lovers will also be able to see Saturn. The gas giant will be particularly bright in the night sky due to its current position. However, it will be possible to see the rings of the planet only through a telescope or a powerful telescope.

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