The Sturgeon Supermoon 2023: online observation (1 Aug. 2023)

Next 1 Aug., we will have the 2nd Supermoon of 2023, the Sturgeon full Moon. We will show it online, while it rises above the legendary skyline of Rome.

The Sturgeon Supermoon 2023: poster of the event.

The Sturgeon Supermoon 2023: poster of the event.

Next 1 Aug. 2023, the sky will offer us the second Supermoon of the year. We will admire our satellite rising, at at sunset, above the skyline of Rome, the Eternal City, hanging above its legendary monuments.

You can join this exciting, unforgettable experience from the comfort of your home. It is easy, its is free.

The online, free session is scheduled for 1 August 2023, starting at 18:40 UTC.

To join, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

Here they are a few comments about the Supermoon by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, PhD, founder and Director of the Virtual Telescope Project. He will guide you during the upcoming live feed!

“Supermoon is a popular term indicating a full Moon or a new Moon happening when our satellite is close to its perigee, that is its minimum distance from the Earth. The term itself is of no scientific value: astronomers prefer to call it perigee full Moon, but undoubtedly “Supermoon” is by far a much more charming name”.

“Observing the sky from the city is extremely important to rise awareness about the light pollution issue. The Supermoon offers us a great opportunity to look up and discover the sky. Showing the stunning beauty up there, feeding the desire to enjoy it more and better, understating why it is disappearing from our cities, makes it possible to involve people and spontaneously promote responsible actions and behaviours in the use of artificial light”.

“The 1 Aug. 2023 “Supermoon” will appear a bit brighter and bigger than an average full Moon, but casual stargazers will not recognize this at their first glance, these are not really obvious variations, but this adds charm to the event, a precious opportunity to admire our natural satellite in the night sky context, an increasingly overlooked and forgotten landscape”.

Supermoon vs Minimoon

Supermoon vs Minimoon

“The show of the full Moon (and of course of the “Supermoon”) offers its best when our satellite rises or sets, which happens at sunset and at dawn, respectively (the full Moon shines in the sky on the opposite direction respect to the Sun, so it rises at sunset and sets at dawn). During the twilight, the residual solar light scattered all around by our atmosphere allows us to admire the scenery, while the full Moon rises or falls on the horizon. At night, the full Moon is very bright, almost dazzling, compared to the darkness of the landscape. At its rise, the Moon appears behind monuments and elements of the landscape, generating the feeling that its disk is larger than usual, but this is just an optical illusion, due to the presence of those terrestrial elements on the line of sight, giving grounds for comparison”.

“Seeing the full Moon, especially when “super” rising/setting above Rome is a unique emotion: our satellite hangs above the legendary skyline of the Eternal City, with its glorious monuments, adding their magic to the experience”.

To join the Supermoon live feed, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

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