The sky gazers will have a celestial treat tonight (August 10) as those who have missed the supermoon of July can now enjoy the event and this time in a better way.
According to the astronomers, the world will be able to witness the largest and shiniest of fullmoons on August 10 at 6:09 pm UTC or about 2:09 am Philippine time. The moon will be only 3, 56, 896 kilometers away from us tonight.
But what is ‘Supermoon’? Well, supermoon is a term used to describe the moon at a time when it comes near the Earth at its closest point. During the Supermoon, both Earth and its satellite orbit in their respective orbits.
Supermoons are regular occurrences that happen after every 13 months and 18 days when the moon comes into perigee.
During this celestial event, the moon will be the closest to the Earth if compared to other days of the year. Moreover, the ‘August 10’ supermoon will be different from other supermoons too.
According to the scientists, the August 10 moon will be closest to the Earth because of an elaborate astronomical alignment. This position will make the moon appear larger and brighter.
This year’s supermoon will be accompanied by another celestial event called Perseid meteor shower, which will produce ‘fireballs as bright as Jupiter or Venus’.
With 100 shooting stars per hour, the extraordinarily beautiful Perseid meteor event will treat the skywatchers in the best way as it will reach to its peak between August 10 and 13.
But the astronomers say the meteor shower may be difficult to watch as the sky will be flooded with the lunar glare coming from the bright supermoon , according to International Meteor Organization.
Astronomers said we will witness five supermoons this year. After August, the sky will offer next supermoon event on September 9.