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When the sun sets next Wednesday, July 13, a Super moon which will shine brighter than many other full moons throughout the year, Accuweather reported.
The next supermoon will also be the first full moon of the astronomical summer, which began on June 21 at 5:13 a.m. EDT.
The term supermoon is more than a viral name. As the moon revolves around the Earth, there are periods when it is closer to Earth and others when it is farther away.
When a full moon coincides with the time the moon is close to Earth, it creates a supermoon that appears slightly larger and brighter than normal.
“Supermoons only happen three or four times a year and they always appear consecutively,” according to NASA astronomers.
July’s lunar show will be the second in a trilogy of supermoons in 2022.
The first supermoon of the year rose in June and the third and last of the year will rise in August. After this summer, a supermoon won’t shine again until September 18, 2024.
Because of the thunderstorms that frequently rumble across North America in July, the month’s full moon is sometimes referred to as the Thunder Moonaccording to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
The “Super Thunder Moon” will rise in the eastern sky just around sunset on Wednesday, July 13…and it won’t be alone.
Saturn will rise in the same part of the sky shortly before midnight., local time, appearing just to the left of the moon. Night owls can also look for Jupiter and Mars in the eastern sky, which should appear above the horizon around 2 am local time.
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