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Space – Tonight, a rare event will happen in the sky. What NASA has dubbed a ‘super thunder moon’ will be visible wherever you are in France. Blood moon, blue moon, or strawberry moon, astronomers don’t lack inspiration to name these moons more poetically than ever even if you don’t look far.
The US agency explains that this giant moon could be “up to 14% larger and 30% brighter.” Unlike the “super moon” observed this year, this moon will be the closest to Earth.
Why “Thunder Moon”? It takes its name from the period in which it appears, that is, the month of July. It is considered one of the hottest months And windy in the northern hemisphere, this giant moon was christened by this name.
But what exactly is this “Super Thunder Moon”? This is the time when the Earth satellite with its elliptical orbit gets as close as possible to our planet. Simply put, a natural satellite would be relatively close to Earth. This type of phenomenon occurs once every 4 full moons. But in fact, it is very difficult to see it with the naked eye.
Moon Isn’t “Great”
First, “Super Moon”. Scientists don’t really use this word, but prefer Perigee-syzygy. This means that at this exact moment, two things are happening at the same time. First, it is the full moon: the moon and the sun are located opposite each other with respect to the Earth. So the rays of our star illuminate the entire face of our satellite. It is syzygy.
Then there is rock bottom. The Moon revolves around the Earth, but not in a circle. The orbit is in the shape of an ellipse, which means that every 28 days, our satellite reaches a point farthest from Earth.
Therefore, the giant moon is the conjunction of the full moon and the convergence of the earth and the moon together. We talk about a giant moon when the full moon occurs when the star is at least 90% of its perigee.
But the conditions are optimal
To observe this phenomenon, it will be necessary to wait for sunset. Due to the heat wave hitting the country, the weather conditions will be ideal for observing the event.
If you want to see the details of this giant moon, stay away from light pollution or fireworks and bring your binoculars (or better yet, a telescope). For those who prefer to stay calm, the final “giant moon” should be visible on August 11.
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