The Supermoon on July 13, 2022

The supermoon will be visible in the sky from Tuesday morning until Friday morning but can be seen in all its glory on Wednesday 13 July 2022, when the moon is closest to Earth.

On 13 July 2022, the moon will be 357,267 km from Earth.

What does "Supermoon" mean

The term "supermoon" was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 and refers to the time when the Moon is closest to Earth.

Because the Moon will be close to Earth, it will appear much larger and brighter and will have a reddish colour.

If it is clear when the Moon rises, it will be larger than usual and will get brighter as the minutes pass. 

The July 2022 supermoon appears can be seen in the sky a little further south than the previous full moon and will be a little closer to the horizon.

According to the Almanac, the Algonquin tribes, currently, the northeastern area of America has named the July full moon - "Buck Moon" because, at the beginning of the month, deer grow new antlers.

Another name the Aborigines used is the Thunder Moon because July is when most thunderstorms occur.

Because July was the month of haymaking, Europeans called the full moon the 'Hay Moon'.

On 13 July 2022, Hindus and Buddhists celebrate 'Guru Purnima' (Guru Full Moon). According to tradition, Guru Pina Moon helps people to "purify the mind". Also on Guru Full Moon, ceremonies are held to worship the Guru master.

Theravada Buddhists call the full moon - 'Asalha Puja', also known as Dharma Day or Esala Poya and then an important festival is held celebrating the Buddha's first sermon.

'Triple moon' in 2021

In 2021, people experience three astronomical phenomena: a full moon, a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse. All three astronomical phenomena occurred at the same time on Wednesday 26 May 2021.

According to NASA, the triplet moon could be observed in the western United States, western Canada, Mexico, and parts of Central and South America and Asia.


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