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Sturgeon full moon: Last supermoon of 2022 rises Thursday

The final supermoon of the year, also known as the Sturgeon Moon, will occur on Thursday night, coinciding with the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. 

Before you get too excited about the double celestial event, I have some bad news. A bright full moon can block those hoping to catch a glimpse of a meteor shower, which is best seen in dark skies. The new moon is usually the best time away from light pollution. In this case, the supermoon does not provide good sky viewing conditions for Perseus.

The Perseus constellation is part of Comet Swift, and its peak period of meteor activity is from July 17 to August 24. This year's peak is expected to be August 11-13, when the most meteors cross the sky. 

According to NASA, the Moon will be brightest in the night sky, washing away all but the brightest constellation Perseus as it passes through Earth's atmosphere.

"Unfortunately, this year's Perseus peak will be the worst for observers." NASA astronomer Bill Cooke posted} . "Most of us in North America usually see 50 or 60 meteors in an hour," he said.

Thursday's cloud cover forecast by the FOX Forecast Center shows a mostly clear full moon sky over the Midwest and Central Plains. Sturgeon supermoons are often visible in Chicago and Seattle. 

Fox's Stargazing Forecast
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Full moon is a monthly event, but full moon in August A supermoon means it's getting closer to Earth in its orbit, making it appear a little bigger and brighter in the sky. The July full moon is also a supermoon, the brightest of the year, and the August supermoon caps off his year four. 

According to NASA, when dusk ends at 9:11 p.m., the full moon will appear seven degrees above the east-southeast horizon. eastern time. The peak light-up when the moon is full is at 9:36 PM. Eastern. Looking up to the upper left of the Moon, Saturn is only 6 degrees above.

Full Sturgeon Moon Over NYC
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According to the Farmer's Almanac, Sturgeon Month is named for the large sturgeon commonly caught in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain at this time of year.

If you plan to observe a meteor shower or full moon, use the Plan tab in the FOX Weather app to Get the forecast for the leading events in your area.