August brings a rare celestial treat with two supermoons.

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By Dipak Jaiswal             31 July 2023

The first supermoon will rise on a Tuesday evening in the southeast, appearing brighter and bigger due to its close proximity, just 222,159 miles away.

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On August 30, the moon will be even closer, at a distance of 222,043 miles, making it a blue moon - the second full moon of the month.

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Retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak recommends watching the full moon rise within minutes of sunset for an enchanting experience.

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The last time two full supermoons occurred in the same month was in 2018, and the next opportunity won't arise until 2037, according to Italian astronomer Gianluca Masi.

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Masi will offer a live webcast of the Tuesday evening supermoon rising over the Coliseum in Rome.

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Binoculars or backyard telescopes can enhance stargazing, revealing lunar maria and rays emanating from lunar craters.

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Due to the sturgeon's profusion in the Great Lakes centuries ago, the August full moon is referred to as the "sturgeon moon."

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This year's first supermoon occurred in July, and the last one will grace the skies in September.

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The double supermoons in August provide a fantastic opportunity to explore and appreciate the beauty of the night sky.

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