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Sturgeon Moon and Supermoons

 Sturgeon Moon and Supermoons

Hey, did you know that the sturgeon in the Great Lakes once had a lunar connection? Yep, thanks to the Algonquin Native American tribe, they got their own special moon called the "sturgeon moon." But wait, Not just any full moon can steal the show. It has to be a supermoon, and guess what? One's coming to town today, Aug 1.

What's a Supermoon?

Picture this: the moon has a favorite spot, and that's close to us, just like a best friend. Sometimes, it gets super cozy and comes really close—this is called perigee. Other times, it decides to give us some space and moves farther away, called apogee.A supermoon occurs when the moon is both full and at its perigee. It's like the moon's version of a grand entrance, dazzling us by looking 30% brighter and 14% bigger than usual. Now that's what I call a moon on a mission.

How to Spot the Supermoon

Okay, here's the scoop. The U.S. might not get the best view of today's Sturgeon supermoon at its peak (2:39 p.m. EST), but don't worry, we'll get our chance later in the evening. Just look up to the southeast sky, and there it'll be, showing off its lunar awesomeness. who needs fireworks when we've got a supermoon extravaganza in the sky?

Supermoons: No New Dress Code Required

Astronomers and NASA have been pretty chill about supermoons. They've loosened the definition a bit. It used to be that a supermoon had to get really close to Earth, like 226,000 miles close, but now they're okay if it gets within 90% of that distance.

Supermoon Party Schedule

Guess what? 2023 is serving up not just one, not two, but four supermoons for us! We had the Full Buck supermoon in July, named after the time male deer sprout antlers. And here comes the Sturgeon moon, lighting up the sky tonight. There's more, In August, we're getting a Blue supermoon, and it's not because it's feeling sad—it's just the second full moon of the month. And to top it off, we'll be treated to the Full Corn supermoon in September, paying homage to the corn harvest. What a moon-tastic lineup!

Supermoon Skeptics

Believe it or not, not everyone's head over heels for supermoons. Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Astrophysicist) once tweeted, "If last month's full moon were a 16.0 inch pizza, then this month's 'Super' Moon would be 16.1 inches. I'm just saying." Well, Neil, you might not be starstruck, but for the rest of us, a supermoon is like having a rockstar moon, and we're loving the show!

The Moon's Got Moves

From its lunar origins in a cosmic collision to its graceful presence in our night sky, the moon has come a long way. And when it becomes a supermoon, it's like it's saying, "Hey, Earth, check out my moves." ther for when you next time spot a supermoon, grab a seat, and enjoy the stellar performance that the moon has in store for us.

Now, let's all go outside, look up, and watch the sturgeon moon shine as bright as a disco ball! Happy moon gazing, everyone! ­ččÜÇ

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