Super Blue Moon 2023 is a rare celestial event. Will the color of the Super Blue Moon be blue on August 30? Get all the details inside
As the month of August comes to an end, a special celestial event awaits those who are interested in lunar phenomena or have an eye on the moon. The rare Super Blue Moon will be observed on August 30th (in some places, people might catch it on August 31st as well), and despite its name, it will appear in a splendid shade of orange. A Super Blue Moon occurs when a trifecta of labels is applied to the moon – it’s a full moon, a supermoon, and a blue moon.
Will the Super Blue Moon appear blue?
No, the Super Blue Moon won’t actually appear blue. It will be captivatingly orange. It’s a term used only for two full moons in a month. However, on rare occasions, tiny particles in the atmosphere, like smoke or dust, can scatter red wavelengths of light, making the moon appear blue.
What is a Supermoon?
Every month, the moon orbits closest to Earth’s point. When the full moon coincides with being at its closest point to Earth, it’s termed a Supermoon. During this astronomical event, the full moon looks larger and shinier in the sky.
What is a Blue Moon?
The term “Blue Moon” is used for the phenomenon when we witness two full moons in a single month. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days, slightly shorter than the average calendar month. Eventually, due to this difference, at the beginning of a month, there’s a full moon with enough days left for another full lunar cycle. Thus, there’s another full moon within the same month. This means that after the full moon on either the 1st or 2nd of the month, a second full moon is likely to occur on the 30th or 31st. Such an event happens every two to three years.
There are two types of Blue Moons – monthly and seasonal. The upcoming lunar event is a monthly Blue Moon.