Texans in Central Texas are in for a celestial treat as the first of two super moons in August graces the night sky, offering a mesmerizing spectacle from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning. With mostly clear skies in the forecast, this natural wonder promises a breathtaking experience for sky gazers.
Known as the “Sturgeon Moon,” this is one of the four super moons expected in 2023, as confirmed by NASA. A super moon occurs when a full moon aligns with its closest proximity to Earth, resulting in a moon that appears 7% larger and shines up to 30% brighter than usual.
The name “Sturgeon Moon” originates from the Great Lakes’ abundant large fish, which were historically easier to catch during this time of year. The August 1 super moon also goes by other intriguing names such as the Red Moon, the Corn or Green Corn Moon, the Barley Moon, the Herb Moon, the Grain Moon, and the Dog Moon.
The second supermoon of this month, known as the Blue Moon, is set to grace the skies on August 30th.
How to Observe the Supermoon:
In Austin, the supermoon will make its appearance on the eastern horizon at 8:54 p.m. on Tuesday night. With mostly clear skies extending throughout the night and into Wednesday morning, observers will have an excellent opportunity to marvel at the moon’s brilliance until its moonset on the western horizon at 7:39 a.m.
Gather with friends or family, set up a cozy spot, and take a few moments to bask in the magic of the Sturgeon Moon. Remember, no special equipment is needed – just your curiosity and awe for the wonders of the universe.
As this celestial event graces the night sky, take a pause from the hustle and bustle of life and connect with the natural world above. The Sturgeon Moon is an invitation to experience the enchantment of the cosmos and find a moment of tranquility in its luminous glow.