Full Moon & Super Moon

Full Moon Rising by Sarah Hall & Colin Campbell

NEXT FULL MOON - August 3rd

The full Moon this month

The next Full Moon is on the 3rd of August. The Moon rises around 22:00 on the evening of the 3rd in the South East. The actual full moon isn't until 16:58 however the Moon will be below the horizon.  This Full Moon is also know as The Sturgeon Moon.

If you manage to catch a full moon as it rises above the horizon it will appear to look much bigger. Check out the video further down the page that explains why!

This image shows the location of the full Moon at 22:10 on the 3rd of August.

This image is a screen shot from Stellarium, a fantastic piece of free software.

Why does the Moon appear larger when it is just rising?


What is a Supermoon & When is the next one?


The scientific name for a Supermoon is Perigee Full Moon. A Supermoon occurs when the full moon is at the closest point of its orbit to the Earth. The Moon will look much closer and brighter.

The Supermoon is normally best viewed as it rises. The best time to view it is when it is just rising, as it will appear to look much larger.

The video to the left explains what a Supermoon is!

Great Red Spot
If you have a telescope you can see the Great Red Spot on Jupiter!
The Sky This Month
There are lots of amazing things to be seen in the night sky each month!
Did you know you can see the International Space Station passing over?

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