Sturgeon Moon: How to catch up with Australia’s last supermoon of the year

As winter approaches the end of the Southern Hemisphere, sky lovers are reminded of a spectacular lunar event – the last supermoon of the year looming.

The “sturgeon moon” is scheduled to appear in the sky from Thursday evening, until its climax on Friday at 11.35 am, with this moon expected to rise within 90 percent of its closest orbit to Earth.

This latest lunar event is one of a series of supermoons over the past four months over the country, including the Buck moon in July, the strawberry moon in June, and the flower moon in May.

The August moon marks the last time Australians will see a moon until 2023.

Supermoons can appear up to 16 percent brighter and 7 percent larger than the “normal” moon.

The name “sturgeon moon” originates from Old Farmer’s Almanac, first published in the United States in 1792, although Native American tribes call the moon “Corn Moon”, “Harvest Moon” and “Rising Moon”.

Urban residents are encouraged to find a place with minimal lighting to get the best possible view of the event.

Originally published as How to catch the last year supermoon

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