The Blue Moon rose on the night of Wednesday, August 30th in the east just after sunset. It was not hard to spot given it was the brightest and largest moon of the year. This moon is notable for a few reasons: For one, not only is it a full moon, but it’s also a Blue Moon, which means it’s the third full moon in a season that has four full moons, according to NASA. A more popular definition is that a Blue Moon refers to the second full moon within a single calendar month, which is the case with this moon. The Blue Moon is the second full moon this month after the Full Sturgeon Moon, which rose on August 1st.
Plus, this Blue Moon is also a supermoon, meaning it coincides with perigee, the point in the moon’s orbit when it’s closest to Earth. It will actually only appear at about 7% larger.