'Sturgeon moon' tonight is last supermoon of 2022

Last supermoon of year

The last supermoon of 2022 occurs tonight.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the August full moon is called the Sturgeon Moon because, “sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were said to be most readily caught during this full moon."

The August 11, Sturgeon Moon rounds out this year’s parade of four supermoons, which started in May.

The term supermoon is used to describe a full moon that is at its nearest point to Earth, which makes the moon appear larger and brighter.

There is a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the Thompson-Okanagan, so visibility may be limited. If you want to make sure you catch a glimpse of the celestial sight, you can check out Space.com they will broadcast the moon rise starting at 1:30 a.m. eastern time as it shines above Rome's historic skyline.

The three previous supermoons we’ve had already this year occurred in May, June and July. Consecutive supermoons are less rare than you might imagine. But acording to retired American astrophysicist Fred Espanak, next year we will also see four consecutive supermoons.

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