Last Supermoon of 2023 is Today , Friday .
The full harvest moon in September is the year's last supermoon.
The full harvest moon will rise in the early morning hours of September 29, also marking the year's fourth and final supermoon.
According to NASA, the September full moon will achieve peak illumination about 5:58 a.m. ET Friday, although it will remain fully lighted until Saturday morning.
Supermoon definitions vary, but the word commonly refers to a full moon that is closer to Earth than usual and hence looks larger and brighter in the night sky. The moon will be 224,854 miles (361,867 kilometers) from Earth, which is approximately 14,046 miles (22,604 kilometers) closer than its typical distance. The year's closest supermoon occurred on August 30, when the moon was just 221,954 miles (357,200 km) from Earth.
According to NASA, the full moon in September will be around 5% larger and 13% brighter than the typical full moon.
According to some astronomers, the phenomenon happens when the moon is within 90% of perigee, its closest orbital approach to Earth.
The term harvest moon refers to the season of harvesting since the event happens at the beginning of autumn, or the autumnal equinox, which happened on September 23 this year. According to The Old Farmer's Almanack, this time of year is when many crops peak in the Northern Hemisphere, and the brilliant moon once helped farmers labor into the evening to harvest their abundance before the first frost.
Other indigenous cultures' names for September's full moon include the Abenaki tribe's corn making moon, the Lakota people's moon of brown leaves, and the Passamaquoddy tribe's autumn moon.
According to Royal Museums Greenwich, other harvest-celebrating customs around this time include the Korean festival of Chuseok and the Japanese Buddhist holiday of Higan, both of which honor the recollection of ancestors.
Many people connect the harvest moon with being orange when it rises, however this could be true of any full moon. According to EarthSky, the color is caused by the thickness of Earth's atmosphere towards the horizon, which is larger than when the full moon is above.
According to The Planetary Society, several planets are now visible in the night sky. Saturn, which is gold-tinged, and Jupiter, which is dazzling, rise in the east and appear high in the late hours, while Venus (one of the brightest objects seen in the night sky) glows before dawn. Mercury, meanwhile, dances low down the eastern horizon before sunrise.
Supermoons and full moons
According to the Farmers' Almanack, the following full moons will occur in 2023:
28th of October: Hunter's moon
Beaver moon on November 27th
December 26: Full moon
Solar and lunar eclipses
On October 14, people across North, Central, and South America will be able to view an annular solar eclipse. During the event, also known as the "Ring of Fire," the moon will pass between the sun and Earth at or near its farthest point away from the planet. The moon will be smaller than the sun and will be surrounded by a dazzling halo.
Viewers should use eclipse glasses to protect their eyes while viewing the phenomena.
On October 28, there will also be a partial moon eclipse. Because the sun, Earth, and moon are not perfectly aligned, just a portion of the moon will be under shadow. This partial eclipse will be visible across Europe, Asia, Australia, and parts of North America, among other places.
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I Mr. Jashim uddin who was an
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I started work with International Blue Cross and Blue Crescent Society as a Ambassador at large to Regional Director South East Asia .
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