Skywatchers: Blue Moon in August and other Spectacular Astronomical Delights


A blue moon phenomenon is set to grace the skies this month, captivating stargazers across North America. As the dog days of summer draw to a close, the month of August 2023 promises an array of celestial events. From meteor showers to planetary observations, the skies will be a stage for various captivating spectacles.

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Blue Moon time

When two full moons occur within the same calendar month, the second full moon is referred to as a blue moon.

This rare astronomical event is eagerly anticipated, as it presents a unique opportunity to witness a slightly larger and brighter full moon known as a “super blue moon.” 

Despite the moniker, the “super blue moon” on August 30, 2023, will appear much like any other full moon, providing a magnificent spectacle in the night sky.

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The last occurrence of a blue moon was on October 31, 2020, and stargazers will have to wait until May 31, 2026, to witness the next one.