(Washington) Astronomy enthusiasts are watching the last “super blue moon” before 2037 on Wednesday night, a rare phenomenon where the moon is at its closest level to Earth and directly in front of the sun.
The moon develops at an average distance of 384,400 km from Earth, and it is about 363,000 km away from us, which is the closest point in its elliptical orbit from Earth to appear 14% larger.
Coinciding with this, the moon rises early Thursday (9:36 p.m. ET), completely opposite the sun to lead to the appearance of a “super blue moon,” according to NASA, which is organizing a live broadcast of the phenomenon during the night on YouTube with Italian astronomer Gianluca. Massey while the star will be under the skyline of Rome.
The term “blue moon” refers to the second full moon in a month, a phenomenon that occurs on average every two and a half years. But the “giant blue moon” appears only every ten or twenty years, according to NASA, adding that the last time dates back to December 2009, and the next to March 2037.
During this phenomenon, the star is not really blue. The phrase “blue moon” is taken from the English language ” Once in a blue moon Which refers to a condition that only occurs very rarely.
If the “super blue moon” of 2023 will please budding astronomers and photographers, its gravitational pull, associated with its proximity to Earth, is causing tidal surges, which could lead to flooding on the Florida coast. Idalia.