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What to know about the upcoming autumnal equinox supermoon – NBC Chicago

The fourth and final consecutive supermoon of 2023 will rise in late September, just days after the autumnal equinox, according to experts.

Starting September 28, the supermoon – aptly nicknamed the “Harvest Moon” – will rise in the sky. It will reach peak lighting at 5:58 a.m. ET (2:57 a.m. PT) on Friday, September 29, according to The Farmer’s Almanac.

Last month, the sky saw two supermoons, one of which was a rare sight not expected to be seen again until 2037.

The “super blue moon,” which occurred on Aug. 30, was the closest full moon to Earth’s surface this year, EarthSky said, about 322,043 miles from the planet.

According to NASA, a “supermoon” occurs when a full moon or new moon is within 90 percent of its closest point to Earth.

Six days before the “Harvest Moon,” the fall equinox will occur.

The fall – or fall – equinox can arrive on September 22 or 23 depending on the year. This year, it lands at 2:50 a.m. Eastern Time in the Northern Hemisphere on Saturday.

NBC Chicago

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