When, how and where to watch the last Supermoon of 2023: what is its peculiarity
This summer has given us four Supermoons in a row. And the full moon, which will take place tonight - from September 29 to 30 - will close this series.
OBOZREVATEL tells you when and how you can observe this phenomenon. Also, what is different about the Supermoon and what features it will have this time.
What is a Supermoon
The phenomenon, which received this name, occurs when the Moon approaches the Earth at a minimum distance or something close to it, at the moment when it is fully illuminated by the Sun - that is, during a full moon. This makes the nighttime luminary look larger than usual. This is especially noticeable at the time of its rising and setting, when, due to the peculiarities of light passing through the atmosphere, the Moon looks larger than when it is in the sky. Of course, this increases its brightness a bit.
However, you should not expect it to be as bright as during the day. The difference is actually small, within 15%. But in any case, this is a great time to admire the full moon overhead.
You shouldn't miss this celestial event either, as the next one will be almost a year away. The next Supermoon will rise in August 2024. And it will also open a series of four such phenomena in a row.
When to watch the Supermoon on September 29
If we talk about the moment of the greatest illumination of the Moon's surface by sunlight, it falls this time during the daytime. The astronomical full moon occurs at 12:58 Kyiv time.
However, you can admire the full moon not only at this moment. The full moon will shine all night and you can watch it, provided the weather is good, all the time the moon is in the sky. It will rise today at 18:52 Kyiv time, and set at 6:32 am on September 30. Forecasters predict that the sky over the territory of Ukraine will be cloudless during this time.
What else can be seen in the night sky
Along with the Supermoon, two planets of our solar system - the gas giants Saturn and Jupiter - will be visible in the sky that night. Saturn will be located to the right of the Moon and slightly above it at the time of the rising. It will be so bright that the fully illuminated lunar disk will not obscure it. And Jupiter will be visible from the opposite side - to the left of the Moon and slightly below it. They will be visible in approximately the same position for the next few days.
And when the Earth's satellite enters a new cycle, a rather rare annular solar eclipse will occur over the Earth on the day of the new moon. OBOZREVATEL told you when and where it will be possible to observe it and whether the eclipse will be visible from the territory of Ukraine.