Two supermoons to be visible in August 2023

Cosmos is presenting a double feature in August: a pair of supermoons that will result in a rare blue moon.

Look for the first show Tuesday evening when the full moon rises in the southeast, appearing slightly brighter and larger than usual.

It will be closer than usual, only 222,159 miles (357,530 kilometers) away, thus the supermoon label.

The moon will be even closer on the night of August 30 – at a distance of 222,043 miles (357,344kilometers).

Because it is the second full moon of the same month, it will be called the Blue Moon.

“Summer nights are the ideal time to watch the full moon rise in the eastern sky within a few minutes of sunset.

said retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak, known as Mr. Eclipse for his eclipse-chasing expertise.

The last time two full supermoons appeared in the sky in the same month was in 2018.

That won't happen again until 2037, according to Italian astronomer Gianluca Masi, founder of the Virtual Telescope Project.