The last month of fall is here, and it comes with frost and beautiful astronomical events. While the frost might not be brought by the weather yet, the month’s full moon will definitely give us some serious wintery vibes. Tonight, the night sky will be painted by the light of the Frost Moon, which is bound to amaze with its near-super size.
The Frost Moon will be a near-supermoon
You probably know very well that the full moon of each month also has another nickname, given to it by Native Americans. This month, we have the Frost Moon, which comes with changes in the weather associated with the colder season, winter. While the ground is still uncovered by frost and snow, the phenomenon will be worth seeing as it will almost be a supermoon.
A supermoon is either a full or a new moon situated at its perigee, namely in its closest point to Earth. Given this position, it appears a lot bigger than it usually looks like. More precisely, it seems about 14 percent bigger, and shines 30 percent more light than a regular full moon.
The Frost Moon has many other fun names
The most recent supermoon this year occurred on June 24th, and the next one is scheduled for December 3rd. Since the Frost Moon occurs right before a real supersized event, it will be close to the perigee, but will not actually reach it.
Unfortunately, the Frost Moon won’t offer you quite the show you wished for. Even so, there are still a lot of fun facts you need to know about it. For instance, it was many other names, such as the dark Blood Moon, or the amusing Beaver Moon. The Hunters Moon is another denomination which is usually split between the October and the November full moon, depending on which falls closest to the autumnal equinox.
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