The last supermoon of 2022 rises on Thursday

The last supermoon of the year, also known as Sturgeon Moon, occurs Thursday evening and coincides with the peak of the Perseid meteor shower.

Before you get too excited about the dual celestial events, there’s some bad news. The bright full moon will likely embarrass those hoping to catch a glimpse of the meteor shower. Meteors are best spotted with dark skies. Usually a new moon is preferable and away from light pollution. In this case, the supermoon will not create good sky-watching conditions for the Perseids.

The Perseids are chunks of Comet Swift-Tuttle, and July 17 to August 24 is the most active time for meteors. This year’s peak, when the most meteors cross the sky, is expected to be August 11-13. Unfortunately, the August full moon is on August 11, which could spoil the view.

According to NASA, the moon will be brighter than anything else in the night sky, knocking out all but the brightest Perseids as they pass through Earth’s atmosphere.

“Unfortunately, this year’s Perseid peak will see the worst possible circumstances for observers,” NASA astronomer Bill Cooke said in a post. “Most of us in North America would normally see 50 or 60 meteors per hour,” he said, “But this year during the normal peak, the Full Moon will reduce that to 10-20 per hour at better.”

Thursday’s cloud cover forecast from the FOX Forecast Center shows mostly clear skies for the Midwest and Central Plains for the full moon. Chicago and Seattle will have a great view of the Sturgeon Supermoon.

Thursday’s cloud cover forecast shows clear skies for the Midwest and Central Plains for the full moon.
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While the full moon is monthly, the August full moon is a supermoon, meaning it is closer to Earth in its orbit, making it appear a bit larger and brighter in the sky. . The July full moon was also a supermoon, the brightest of the year, and the August supermoon has four for the year.

According to NASA, the full moon will appear 7 degrees above the east-southeast horizon when evening twilight ends at 9:11 p.m. Eastern Time. Peak illumination, when the moon is at its fullest, occurs at 9:36 p.m. Eastern Time. If you look up and to the left of the moon, Saturn will be just 6 degrees above it.

Full Sturgeon Moon over NYC
The bright full moon will likely hamper the ability to spot the meteor shower.
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According to the Farmers Almanac, the Sturgeon Moon is named after the large sturgeon fish commonly caught in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain during this part of the year.

If you plan to observe the meteor shower or the full moon, use the “Map” tab of the FOX Weather app to get updated forecasts ahead of the event in your area.

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