Missed Last Supermoon? There’s Another Chance To Catch It On Wednesday

If you missed last month’s supermoon, you have another chance.

This month’s full moon is on Wednesday. One name for July 13th’s full moon is the “Buck moon” — a reference to the time of year when new antlers are growing on male deer, or bucks. The supermoon will be visible at 2:38pm EDT (12:08am IST, Thursday) on the night of July 13.

The supermoon on June 14 was the “Strawberry moon” because it’s the full moon at strawberry harvest time.

This time, the moon’s orbit will bring it closer to Earth than usual. This cosmic combo is called a supermoon, which can make the moon appear slightly bigger and brighter, weather permitting. A supermoon is a treat for skywatchers and photographers as it providing them with a spectacular opportunity to observe celestial events.

At its closest, the Moon will be just 3,57,264 kilometres away from earth.

The supermoon could have tidal effects on earth leading to a large range of high and low ocean tides. Astronomers expect that coastal storms at sea around this time could lead to aggravated coastal flooding.

The moon is likely to appear full for about three days, from early Tuesday morning through early Friday morning.