Spectacular photographs and videos of the Sturgeon Moon witnessed on Thursday night in different parts of the world have surfaced online, mesmerising netizens.
As per a BBC report, the full moon in August was called the Sturgeon Moon by native American fishing tribes due to the abundance of fish during that time of the year. Citing the Royal Museums Greenwich, the BBC report said the Sturgeon Moon is also called the green corn moon, the grain moon and the red moon.
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“It is bigger. It is brighter, technically, but not so much that you’d walk outside and feel naturally and instinctually something is super different,” Jackie Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History was quoted as saying by The New York Times. “That said, it is awesome to watch a full moon rise.”
According to CNN, the moon is at its closest point to Earth during certain times of the year and they are called supermoons. At each extreme, the moon appears either a little bigger or smaller.
The National Space Centre was quoted as saying by the BBC that it did not consider the Sturgeon Moon to be close enough to the Earth to be called a “supermoon”. Supermoons are estimated to be closer than 360,000 km. Thursday’s moon was 361,408 km away, BBC reported.