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The last supermoon of 2022 can be seen on Thursday evening 11 August. Image: Adobe Stock/ NASA

Supermoon rising! Watch the last Sturgeon Moon of 2022 online

Too cold to venture outside to marvel in the spectacle of the last supermoon of 2022? Here’s where to watch it in snug comfort online…

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The last supermoon of 2022 can be seen on Thursday evening 11 August. Image: Adobe Stock/ NASA

The last supermoon of the year will reach peak illumination towards the southeast on Thursday night at about 21:36 EDT, according to US space agency NASA. This means that South Africans will only be able to gaze up in awe into the skies at 03:30 on Friday morning to see it in its full glory.

With the weather prediction of bucket loads of rain and even snowflakes dusting Table Mountain, watching it rise online instead of freezing in your deck chair clutching your sherry bottle, are tempting…

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Where to watch last Supermoon of 2022 online

The Virtual Telescope Project will begin its livestream on Friday 12 August at 01:30 EDT (07:30 in South Africa).

There is one catch though for South African supermoon enthusiasts: The livestream will show the Sturgeon Moon as it shines above Rome’s historic skyline. But when in virtual Rome…

“Seeing the full moon, especially when ‘super,’ rising/setting above Rome is a unique emotion,” Virtual Telescope Project founder Gianluca Masi said in a statement.

“Our satellite hangs above the legendary skyline of the Eternal City, with its glorious monuments, adding their magic to the experience.”

You can watch the last supermoon of the year at the project’s website HERE

What is a Supermoon?

The Super Buck Moon (or Blood Moon) which appeared on 13 July, was the biggest supermoon of 2022. Image: Adobe Stock

A supermoon – coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 – refers to a full or new moon that is within 90% of its closest point to Earth. Supermoons are therefore closer to Earth than the average full moon, which makes for quite spectacular viewing as they appear extra large and bright, explains

The Sturgeon Moon rounds out this year’s parade of no less than four supermoons, which started in May. It follows July’s Buck Moon, June’s Strawberry Moon, and May’s Flower Moon (which also featured a total lunar eclipse).

The next full moon – called the Harvest Moon – peaks on Saturday 10 September.

Supermoon streaks: 2022 and beyond

Eclipse expert and retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espanak, says so-called supermoon “streaks” like the one we are experiencing this year, are not particularly uncommon.

According to Espanak’s website, 2023 will also see four consecutive full supermoons, as will 2024. Even 2025 has three in a row. 

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Why is it also called a Sturgeon Moon?

The traditional name for the August supermoon, Sturgeon Moon, comes from the original Algonquin tribes of what is now eastern North America who noticed a rise in sturgeon fish in their Great Lakes around this time of year, according to CapeTownEtc.

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