Last supermoon of 2022 rises Thursday: Watch for free online

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The last supermoon of the year will light up the night sky — weather permitting — on Thursday.

The full moon will occur at approximately 9:36 p.m. EDT and will occur when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to the Earth, making it a “supermoon,” space.com reported.

Simply put, a supermoon is a moon that is full when it makes its closest approach to Earth in its monthly orbit.

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August’s full moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon, a name that comes from Native American tribes that traditionally caught the fish during the month of August. It is also known as the Full Red Moon, the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

It’s the last supermoon of the year, following three previous ones in May, June and July.

The waxing gibbous moon rises over part of the Chicago skyline on Aug. 10, 2022.

How to watch supermoon free online

If weather prevents you from seeing the supermoon in your own backyard, you can watch it online as it shines above Rome’s historic skyline.

Weather permitting, the Virtual Telescope Project will begin its livestream at 1:30 a.m. Friday. You can watch the last supermoon of the year at the project’s website or at Space.com.

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