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This article was originally published in and has been lightly updated for the Sept. Several times every year some sort of catchy-named lunar activity grabs attention, whether warranted or not. Though some of these names have historical and cultural origins, many are rooted in folklore and are often overhyped. Supermoon was actually coined by an astrologer in the s, not by a scientist. The term has come to loosely mean a full moon that is at perigee, or when the moon is at its closest position to Earth along its orbit. Now, this definition can vary, which means supermoons can occur multiple times a year, or about once every 14 months, depending on the definition you use. Instead, the supermoon really shines when it is compared with the full moon at apogee, or its farthest position from Earth.
North America. Also, Blue Moons and a word about full moon names in the Southern Hemisphere. September: Fruit Moon, Harvest Moon.
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What are the different types of full moons?
When you look up at the night sky, you might notice that the Moon looks a little different each night. - The full moon is the lunar phase when the Moon appears fully illuminated from Earth 's perspective. The full moon occurs roughly once a month.
There are two definitions of a Blue Moon; both are a type of Full Moon and have nothing to do with color. If the Moon looks blue, it's because of dust in the atmosphere. The term once in a Blue Moon suggests something happens very rarely. So, how often do Blue Moons occur? The answer depends on how you define a Blue Moon.
Most of the time, the full moon isn't perfectly full. We always see the same side of the moon, but part of it is in shadow. And sometimes once in a blue moon the moon is full twice in a month or four times in a season, depending on which definition you prefer. This month's full moon occurs on Saturday, Sept. EDT UTC , but the moon will appear full the night before and after its peak to the casual stargazer. September's full moon is known as the Harvest Moon, though it has many other nicknames by different cultures. Many cultures have given distinct names to each month's full moon.