(CNN Spanish) — There are five months left in the year and luckily for astronomy lovers, that means there are five full moons left in 2022.
The following is happening. You can’t miss this full moon as it will also be a supermoon (last of the year).
Next, we give you all the details of the August Purnima, also known as the Full Sturgeon Moon.
When does this full moon start?
According to The Old Farmers Almanack, August’s full moon will begin on Thursday the 11th and be brightest at 9:36 p.m. (Miami time).
If at that time you can’t observe it for some reason at night or because of the weather (for example, a cloudy sky), don’t worry, because you’ll have more time to appreciate it.
NASA noted that the Moon will be in its full phase from Wednesday through the morning of Saturday, Aug. 13. You won’t see the brightest place anymore, but it will be a great show nonetheless.
last supermoon of the year
The Old Farmer’s Almanac indicates that this full moon will be the fourth and final supermoon of the year. The first of 2022 was in May and the last is August.
Although there is no single definition of a supermoon, the term usually refers to a full moon that can stand out more than others because it is within 90% of its closest orbit to Earth. It appears larger and brighter in the night sky than a normal full moon.
What time does it start elsewhere?
- Mexico City, Mexico: Its brightest point begins on August 11 at 8:36 pm
- Buenos Aires, Argentina: 10:36 pm.
- Bogota, Colombia:8:36 pm
Why is it called Full Sturgeon Moon?
The specialty site timeanddate.com states that it is named after “the largest fish in North America: the sturgeon”.
“The full moon in August is called the Sturgeon Moon because of the large numbers of sturgeon found in the North American Great Lakes at this time of year. The most common sturgeon in the Great Lakes is the lake sturgeon.
“The lake sturgeon was essential to the Native American tribes that lived in the region and is the oldest and largest species of the Great Lakes, the world’s largest surface freshwater system,” the site description.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac mentions that the first traces of sturgeon date back 136 million years, earning them the nickname “living fossil”. While males live about 55 years, females can live up to 150 years.
He added that the lake sturgeon is currently a rare species due to overfishing, pollution and habitat loss in the 19th century.