The Full Thunder Moon will be visible in the sky on Wednesday, July 13. When and how to observe it?
This is the third and largest Super Moon of this year 2022. On Wednesday, July 13, the full Thunder Moon will be visible at its peak in the sky, but it will appear bright and full from July 12, until July 14. Skywatchers may then notice that the Moon will appear even larger and brighter than normal.
In fact, Super Moons can be 16% brighter than a typical Full Moon. This is the third in a row, after those of May and June. They occur when the point of the Moon’s orbit is closest to the Earth: scientists call this phenomenon perigee. According to astrologer Richard Nolle, who coined the term “Super Moon” in 1979, it is less than 90% from its closest point to Earth.
When and how to observe the Super Moon of July 13 in France?
In France, it will be possible to observe it from 10:23 p.m. on the evening of July 13, until 4:52 a.m. on the morning of July 14. The phenomenon will be visible to the naked eye, weather conditions permitting. Binoculars and a telescope will also allow you to better appreciate the details of the planet’s craters, mountains and ridges.
On the other hand, at the same time, another astronomical spectacle will occur in the sky: that of the approach of comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS), or K2 for short, which is currently moving at 615 km per second. On the night of July 13 to 14, it will be 270 million km from Earth. “The Hubble Space Telescope observed that K2 is about 18 kilometers (which, to put it into perspective, is twice the size of Mount Everest), with its tail measuring millions of kilometers in length,” details Space.com.
The next time this comet will pass Earth will be millions of years from now. It is unlikely to be able to view it with the naked eye, so binoculars and a telescope are recommended.
The next and final Super Moon of 2022 will occur on August 11.