The “Blue Moon” marks the second time the full moon rises in August when the last supermoon of the year can be spotted between the clouds.
Astro fans have been waiting long for this celestial phenomenon: on average, every two and a half years, there is a second full moon in one month of the year – the so-called “Blue Moon.” However, two supermoons within one month are much rarer. The last time this happened was in 2018.
And this blue supermoon is getting closer to us than the August 1, 2023 supermoon.
The “Blue Moon” will appear in the total sky on August 30-31, 2023. It will be particularly close to Earth, at only 357,181 kilometres, as early as 5:54 pm on August 30, 2023, 9.5 hours before the full moon. At this time, however, the moon will not yet be visible in the sky in Austria – and not only because of the clouds.
In fact, according to GeoSphere Austria, it will not rise over Vienna until 19:51. In Bregenz, for example, not until 20:17.
The supermoon will reach its full splendour early on August 31, 2023, at 3:35 a.m. Currently, the “Blue Moon” will still be very close to our home planet, at a distance of 357,265 kilometres. However, for us to see it, only the weather has to cooperate in the end. It will not be set again until September 1, 2023, at 7:39 a.m.
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