The nearest full supermoon of 2022 will occur on July 13.
When to Watch:
July 13th Night in 2022.
What to Look For:
The moon will be visible in the east in the evening, at its highest point about midnight, and in the west just before sunrise.
On July 13, 2022, the full moon’s crest occurs at 18:37 UTC. On July 13 in central North America, that is 1:37 p.m. CDT.
On July 13, at 9:04 UTC, the perigee will occur (10:04 a.m. in the UK and 4:04 a.m. in Central time). Thus, only 9.5 hours separate perigee from the time of the full moon.
The closest supermoon will not appear larger than ordinary full moons to the eye. It is brighter than other full moons, though, as you might have noticed.
All full moons rise around sunset along the eastern horizon and set in the west just before dawn. Full moons can be seen all night long. The sun, Earth, and Moon are lined up in space during a full moon, with Earth in the center. Directly facing us is the moon’s dayside, or its completely illuminated hemisphere. The moon appears full because of this.
Keep in mind that every full moon rises roughly an hour later than usual. Also, keep in mind that the moon will appear round and full the day before and the day after it crests its full phase.
So, between July 12 and July 14, the moon will appear brilliant and full. Additionally, it will be near a few prominent stars in the night sky:
The Closest Full Moon for 2022 Occurs in July.
The year’s nearest supermoon will occur on July 13, 2022. The full supermoon will be 222,089 miles (357,418 km) away from Earth on that day. Contrast that with its typical distance of around 240,000 miles (385,000 km).
The full moon and lunar perigee—the point in the moon’s monthly orbit when it is closest to Earth—occur on the same day in July. The moon orbits the Earth in an elliptical, rather than a circular, path. As a result, the moon’s proximity to Earth varies throughout time.
The moon that is closest to Earth is referred to as a perigee or perigean moon by astronomers. But it wasn’t until the word “supermoon” was coined that the concept of a full moon that is closer to Earth than typical became popular. Study up on supermoons.
When the moon is at its apogee, it is the furthest away from Earth. Micromoons is the moniker given to these moons.
The Supermoon’s Motion in Our Sky
Soon after sunset, the July full supermoon rises in the southeast in the constellation Sagittarius. Saturn will appear above the horizon in the east-southeast about an hour after moonrise. In Capricornus, the ringed planet is following the moon.
By the time the supermoon sets on the morning of July 14, the moon will have crossed the boundary of Sagittarius into Capricornus with Saturn since it advances its own diameter eastward in an hour. The moon will soon pass by the ringed planet, as you might be able to guess from its motion: between July 14 and 15. The moon will still be over 90% bright but will be a waning gibbous moon by that time.
Tides Are Affected by Supermoons.
If you live near a coast, the closest supermoon of the year may also bring unusually high tides to your region. especially if a storm front with heavy winds sweeps through your region around the full moon. At perigee, the moon is just 8 to 12 percent closer to Earth than at apogee, yet it has a 30 to 49 percent bigger impact on the tides. The full supermoon tides usually occur a day or two after the actual full moon.
Tidal friction is a peculiar property of tides that transmits angular momentum from the Earth to the moon. Our day grows longer as a result, and the moon’s orbit is enlarged. One second every 40,000 years is all that is added to the length of the day. The moon only experiences a negligible impact.
Every year, it moves away from Earth by around 1.5 inches (3.8 cm). But it also means that total solar eclipses will cease to exist in approximately a billion years since the moon will be too far away to totally block out the sun.
July 13, 2022, will see the year’s closest supermoon. The moon will be 222,089 miles (357,418 kilometers) away from Earth on this date.
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