Don't Forget To Catch The Summer's Last Supermoon & Meteor Shower Tonight!

Don't forget to head outside tonight because the last sturgeon supermoon of the summer is happening and it only happens about 3-4 times a year.

"At certain times of the year, the moon is at its closest point to Earth and these are called supermoons," said Mike Hankey, operations manager for the American Meteor Society, via email. "It's just a natural point of the moon's orbit. At each extreme, the moon is either a little bigger or a little bit smaller (at its furthest point), but it is not a huge difference."

After the sun has set, you will want to look towards the southeast to catch the supermoon rise and it'll reach its peak illumination at 9:36pm ET tonight, August 11th. If you're able to capture a dope photo of the supermoon, be sure to post it onto social media with the hashtag #NASAMoonSnap. This hashtag will help NASA track the moon-inspired content that leads up to the late-summer launch of Artemis I, which will be the first test flight of a rocket and spacecraft that'll send future astronauts to the moon.

There will also be a Perseid meteor shower that you can catch, which will be peaking from Thursday until Saturday. If you miss any of these during this month, don't worry because there will be 4 more full moons that'll be taking place this year.

  • September 10th - Harvest Moon
  • October 9th - Hunter's Moon
  • November 8th - Beaver Moon
  • December 7th - Cold Moon

Head to ABC 7 to see other occurrences will be happening this year.

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