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The most important thing in the unique sky scene

The most important thing in the unique sky scene

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The full moon will be particularly close to Earth. This phenomenon is known as a supermoon, and it can provide special images.

Cologne – between fascination and despair: For some, the full moon regularly provides special spectacles, and for others, the full moon robs them of their sleep. And many people will have noticed it by the beginning of August 2023 at the latest, when the full moon appeared very large due to its special proximity to Earth. This phenomenon is popularly known as the supermoon. Now he is standing The largest supermoon of the year in the starting blocks. All information about sky scenery.

when? On the night of August 30 to August 31, 2023 (exact full moon phase: 3:36 AM)
where? At best, in places with little light
how? Nothing special is needed to view the supermoon

Super Moon 2023 in New South Wales: At the end of August Trabant is the shortest distance from Earth

The supermoon will shine over Germany and North Rhine-Westphalia at night from August 30 to August 31. Trabant will be “closer” to Earth than it will be in 2023, at a distance of about 357,200 km. This brings the moon in its nearly elliptical orbit about 200 km closer to the supermoon on August 1, 2023. For comparison: the average distance of the moon is 380,000 km. “It is said that any lunar distance less than 360,000 km is a super moon.”

However, according to the Friends of the Stars Association, the difference in distance wouldn’t make a noticeable difference. The exact full moon phase will be reached in the early morning of August 31, at 3:36 AM. For astronomy fans, observing will never be quite as comfortable as it was with the appearance of the first supermoon in August 2023, which reached full moon phase exactly in the evening. The double spectacle is possible because the cycle between the two full moons is 29.5 days, but August has 31 days.

Super Moon 2023 over NRW: Tips for observing the sky’s spectacle

If you want to see the supermoon at the end of August, you have to stay in particularly dark places. Thus the Königsallee in Düsseldorf or downtown Duisburg is not really suitable due to the high level of light pollution. Whether the supermoon will also be visible from NRW also depends greatly on weather conditions. If it is very cloudy, the celestial phenomenon will probably not be visible either.

The first supermoon has already been set up in August 2023 for special viewing. © Jens Buttner / dpa

The full moon in late August 2023 is also referred to as a “blue moon.” But this has nothing to do with what color the orb glows at night. Instead, the second full moon of the month is referred to as a “blue moon”. The origin of the name has not been finally clarified. This phenomenon is so rare, it is no coincidence that the expression “once in a blue moon” is used in English-speaking countries. The next “blue moon” won’t happen until May 31, 2026. (MG) Fair and independent information about what is happening in NRW and Germany – sign up for the free 24RHEIN newsletter here.