Ultra Rare Super Blue Moon Over Wyoming This Wednesday
Wednesday night, over Wyoming, we will see two rare moon events at once.
What is A Blue moon?
You've heard the expression, "Once in a blue moon."
The moon does not actually turn blue during that time... Sorry.
That's when we have two full moons in one month.
Just a few degrees away you'll see Saturn, shining BRIGHT!
Saturn will also be at its closest point to Earth on that same night.
That's two big events in one night, and both are really close to each other in the sky.
We will also see a "Super Moon."
That's when the moon is full, and closer to Earth in its orbit at the same time.
Not so close that you can notice with the naked eye.
But it is closer.
Now imagine how rare it is to have a SUPER BLUE MOON!
A blue moon AND a supermoon will converge together into the bright nighttime sky on Wednesday, August 30.
This won't happen again for 14 years.
Now that is rare.
At 12 noon ET on that fifth Wednesday of August, the moon will arrive at perigee.
That is the closest point in its orbit relative to Earth at 221,942 miles away.
Another 9 hours and 36 minutes later, the moon will officially turn full.
Did you know that a full moon theoretically lasts just a moment?
That moment is imperceptible just like the moon being closer.
Want a real thrill, wait until the moon is setting on the horizon.
It's going to look HUGE!
Get yourself outside just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday.
Try for 5:40 a.m. or maybe a bit earlier so you can watch it sinking to the horizon.
It's going to be an amazing show with some wonderful colors.
As you stand there watching it, just think, you won't see a super blue moon for another 14 years.