Super Blue Moon 2023
On the night of August 30, a special celestial event known as the Super Blue Moon will grace the skies. It’s a rare occurrence that happens only once in a while. So, remember to mark your calendars and take a moment to look up at the sky to witness the spectacular sight. This event is even more unique because it falls on the same day as Raksha Bandhan, a special Indian festival.
The Brightest Moon of the Year
This Super Blue Moon will be the biggest and brightest moon of the entire year. It’s expected to be at its peak brightness around 9:36 pm ET or 7:06 am IST. However, despite the name, the moon won’t actually be blue in color. Instead, it will appear in a beautiful shade of orange.
What’s a Blue Moon?
A blue moon doesn’t actually refer to the moon’s color. There are two types of blue moons, and both are based on how often full moons occur. According to NASA, a seasonal blue moon is the third full moon within a season that has four full moons. This is the traditional way of defining a blue moon. On the other hand, a monthly blue moon is the second full moon that happens within a single calendar month. This definition came about due to a misunderstanding.
How Rare is a Blue Moon?
A blue moon is quite rare. On average, a full moon occurs every 29 days. Sometimes, a month might have two full moons, especially when the month has 30 or 31 days. Blue moons, which are the second full moon in a month, typically happen once every two and a half years. In some exceptional cases, like in 2018, two blue moons occurred just two months apart. This included a blue moon that also coincided with a lunar eclipse.
The rare Super Blue Moon will rise tomorrow, Wednesday, August 30.— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 29, 2023
This will be the last Super Blue Moon until 2037. pic.twitter.com/9vCuMtl06D
Interestingly, a blue moon and a super moon (when the moon is closest to Earth) rarely happen on the same night. This remarkable event occurs approximately once every 10 years. The next time we can expect this to happen is in January and March 2037, which is about 14 years away from now.
In conclusion, the Super Blue Moon of 2023 is a special event that combines the beauty of the moon with the festivities of Raksha Bandhan. Remember, while the moon might not actually be blue, it promises to be a breathtaking sight that’s worth looking forward to!