You will witness a rare celestial event on 30th August 2023, Super Blue Moon, which occurs when a full moon happens during the period when the moon is closer to the Earth. This phenomenon happens because the moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical and not circular.
Means there are times when the moon is farther away at apogee and times when it is closer at perigee.
The distance between Earth and the moon during perigee and apogee ranges from around 220,000 miles (350,000 kilometers) to 253,000 miles (408,000 km), a difference of around 14%.
But the moon does not appear blue in color as it is just a term for two full moons in a month.
NASA Said :
"Super blue moons occur about every 10 years, on average – though the time between any two occurrences can vary from two months to two decades or more,".
As per Astrologer :
Significance of Super Blue Moon
As per Astrologer, the moon is associate with emotions, intuition, and the subconscious mind.
The full moon is a time when the moon’s energy is strongest, making it a time of heightened emotions and intuition.
The super blue moon amplifies the moon’s energy even further, making it a time of even greater emotional and intuitive clarity.
This can be a time of great insight and transformation, as you are able to see things more clearly and make changes that are in your best interests.
The blue moon furthermore adds an element of surprise and unexpectedness to the supermoon, which can be both good and bad.
It can open you up to new possibilities, but it can also force you to deal with unexpect changes.
Time of Super Blue Moon
As per NASA :
"The Super Blue Moon will rise just after sunset at 7:10 p.m. EDT (2310 GMT) on Wednesday from the eastern horizon,".
"For this year's Blue Moon, the moon will be opposite the sun at 9:36 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, 30th August 2023 (0336 on 31st August 2023). At this time, it will be in the constellation of Aquarius. The Blue Moon will then set on Thursday just before the sun rises at around 6:46 a.m. EDT (1046 GMT),".
The full Moon is expect to occur at 1:37 a.m. BST.
Precaution to Watch Super Blue Moon
Those who are interested in witnessing this rare event which is not likely to happen for many years from now, can watch the moon after sunset.
It is best to witness the super blue moon during the dusk hours.
You can see the moon with unaided eyes, or using binoculars and telescope.
Size of Moon
As per NASA, when the moon is closer to the earth, it looks 14% bigger than when it is away from the earth.
NASA explains :
"This is similar to the size difference between a quarter and a nickel. Because the Moon will be close to us in its orbit, it will appear a bit brighter than usual,".
Importance of Super Blue Moon
This is a rare event because 25% of all full moons are supermoons, but only 3% of full moons are blue moons.
One more reason that makes this event a rare one is that the time between two consecutive super blue moons can be as much as 20 years.
The next super blue moons will occur in a pair, in January and March 2037, as per NASA.