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Stargazers in San Diego, get ready for an exceptional astronomical event!

On Wednesday, August 30, a full moon, supermoon, and blue moon will all come together in the brilliant twilight sky.

In 14 years, this natural occurrence won’t happen once more.

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the moon will rise on Wednesday at 7:29 p.m., reach its greatest position in the sky at 12:14 a.m. (with a staggering 99% illumination), and set at 5:44 a.m.

“Warm summer nights are the ideal time to watch the full moon rise in the eastern sky within minutes of sunset. And it happens twice in August,” retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak told the Associated Press. Espenak is dubbed Mr. Eclipse for his eclipse-chasing expertise.

The moon won’t actually appear blue, despite numerous astronomical events’ names suggesting otherwise. It is known as a “blue moon” when there are two full moons in a month that typically only has one.

The moon orbits the Earth in an oval pattern continuously. According to NASA, this means that sometimes it is closer to the Earth and other times it is farther away.

According to NASA, a supermoon happens when the moon is full and is at or very close to its closest point to the Earth, specifically within 90% of the closest it can be.

Due of its proximity to us, the full moon will appear brighter and more “super” than usual.

When that occurs, the full moon will be larger and brighter than usual in the night sky because it will be closer to us on Earth than usual.

According to Espenak, if the skies are clear, binoculars and backyard telescopes can improve your viewing by displaying lunar maria, or the dark plains created by past volcanic lava flows, as well as rays that emanate from lunar craters.

The very brilliant moon shouldn’t be difficult to locate, but if you want to see it without having to wait for it to pass its meridian, climb to a higher elevation.

The following super blue moons, which will take place immediately after each other in January and March 2037, will not be until those dates.

In 2018, there were two full supermoons in a single month for the first time ever.

According to NASA, only around 3% of full moons are blue moons, but about 25% of all full moons are supermoons. The average and maximum intervals between superblue moons are 10 years and 20 years, respectively.

According to the Old Farmers’ Almanac, August’s full moon is referred to as the “sturgeon moon” in folklore. In the past, the Great Lakes’ once-prolific sturgeon fish species would be illuminated by the full moon in August.

You might recall that the first supermoon of the year occurred in July. According to AP, September will be the fourth and final opportunity this year to see a supermoon. You won’t want to miss this beautiful occasion because this August’s supermoon will be closer to us than previous ones.

If you’re fascinated by the moon, NASA provides an interactive map called the daily lunar guide here that you can use to track the moon every day of the year.

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