Rare double ‘Super Moon’ set to appear this month in Hamilton and beyond

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Published July 31, 2023 at 9:33 am

Mother Nature will kick off August with a “Super Sturgeon Moon” Tuesday and end the month with a bang with a super rare “Super Blue Moon” on Aug. 31.

To see tomorrow night’s full Super Sturgeon Moon, turn your eyes to the eastern horizon in the early evening to watch it rise. Although the moon officially reaches its “full” phase at exactly 2:33 p.m. Tuesday, at a casual glance, it will appear full from tonight through Wednesday evening.

When the moon in its elliptical orbit is farther away from Earth, it appears smaller and dimmer; when it’s closer to Earth, it appears bigger and brighter.

In 1979, astrologer Richard Nolle came up with a new term – Super Moons – to describe those full moons that are the biggest and brightest.

The difference in apparent size between a typical full moon and a super moon is small enough that it’s hard to really tell them apart. What is noticeable is the increased brightness of a super full moon; about 30 per cent brighter, in fact.

In 2023, there are four supermoons: July 2-3, Aug. 1-2, Aug. 30-31, and Sept. 28-29.

As for the weather, there will be a 40-per-cent chance of showers today (July 31) in Hamilton. The rest of the week and the long weekend will mostly have a mix of sun and cloud. However, there is a 60-per-cent chance of rain on Friday.

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