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The biggest and brightest supermoon of 2022 will light up the sky this July: when and how to see it?


The ‘Deer Moon’ will orbit closer to our planet than any other full moon this year: it will be 357,418 kilometers from the Land.

A new full supermoon known as ‘Stag Moon’ or ‘Stag Moon’ Trueno’ will light up the night sky on July 13, reaching its maximum lighting point at 18:37 GMT, according to data from the Time and Date portal. Astronomy buffs should look southeast after sunset to see how it rises in the sky.

Supermoons are defined as any full moon located at a distance of at least 90% of perigee, which is the point at which the Moon is closest to the Earth. The ‘Deer Moon’ will orbit closer to our planet than any other full moon this year – it will be 357,418 kilometers from Earth – making it the largest and brightest supermoon of 2022, Almanac reports.

In addition, this supermoon will appear slightly further south, therefore lower in the sky than the one recorded last month. When a Moon is lower in the sky or closer to the horizon, it can also appear larger.

According to various Native American traditions, July is usually the month in which the deer’s new antlers emerge from its forehead with a layer of velvety fur, hence one of the names for this month’s full moon. Meanwhile, the name ‘Thunder Moon’ is due to the frequent electrical storms that occur during this hot and dry month of the boreal summer.

How to see the super full moon?

Since full moons dominate the night sky and hide fainter objects, it is a good time to focus skygazing efforts using your own eyes, binoculars, or a telescope to examine lunar characteristics, indicates the Space portal.

At first glance, the July 13 will be able to see the highlands and lowlands of the lunar surface , which can take certain forms with cultural meanings. With binoculars or a telescope, you can see details of the craters, mountains, ridges and other formations.

What else can be seen in July?

The planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn dominate the morning skies in July. Venus will also be there, but it will appear low in the east, so a clear view of the horizon will be needed to see it. The planets will spread out across the morning sky accompanied by bright stars like Capella, Aldebaran and Fomalhaut. On the 20th, you can look for the half-full moon between Mars and Jupiter and the next morning, it will be next to Mars.

Looking south after sunset , you will be able to observe a sky full of bright stars, especially in the constellations of Scorpio and Sagittarius. If there is a possibility of being under a dark sky, it will be possible to fully enjoy the core of the Milky Way, densely packed with stars and dark clouds of dust and gas. But even under urban skies too bright to see the core, a cluster of stars in Sagittarius known as the Teapot will help pinpoint its location in the sky.

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