New Delhi, July 11 (IANS): The second Super Moon of 2022 will last up to three days this week, according to NASA.
“The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from early Tuesday morning to early Friday morning,” the US space agency said in a statement.
On Wednesday July 13 at 05:00 EDT (09:00 GMT), the moon will arrive at its closest point to Earth for 2022: a perigee distance of 357,264 kilometers.
On Wednesday evening, at the end of evening twilight (9:44 p.m. EDT), the full moon will appear 5 degrees above the southeast horizon, NASA said.
According to Old Farmer’s Almanac – a reference work containing weather forecasts, the supermoon is nicknamed Buck Moon, which means that the full moon will occur when it is at its closest point to Earth.
It also takes its name from the antlers of male deer (bucks) that are growing at this time. The males shed and regrow their antlers each year, producing a larger and more impressive set as the years go by.
“July’s Buck Full Moon orbits closer to Earth than any other Full Moon this year, making it the biggest and brightest supermoon of 2022! At its closest point, Buck’s Moon will be 357,418 km from Earth. 200 km”, according to Almanac.com
Supermoons only occur three to four times a year and always appear consecutively.
According to NASA, for most of Earth’s orbit around the sun, perigee and the full moon do not overlap.
The first supermoon of 2022 rose in June, and the third and final of the year will rise in August.
The next supermoon is expected to appear on September 18, 2024.