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Tonight’s Super Blue Moon Will Reach its Peak at 9:36 p.m. EDT.

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Ridgewood NJ, keep an eye on the moon tonight . Tonight’s super blue moon will reach its peak at 9:36 p.m. EDT. Those looking to the skies may also spot Saturn, which will be visible near the moon around 8:42 p.m. EDT and appear to swing clockwise around the moon as the evening progresses, according to NASA. Saturn should be visible just by looking up, but binoculars or a telescope will help viewers make out some of the planet’s distinguishing features.

The August  30 supermoon will appear to be even closer than the full moon at the beginning of the month. Those who miss out on the blue moon will have quite a wait before the next one. While around 25% of full moons are supermoons, just 3% of full moons are blue moons, according to NASA. The next blue moon after the one on Aug. 30 will be in May 2026. Astronomy fans will be in for a special treat come 2037, which will feature super blue moons in January and March.

So where does the name Super Blue Moon come from:

  1. Blue Moon: A Blue Moon traditionally refers to the second full moon that occurs within a calendar month. A typical month has only one full moon, but occasionally, due to the roughly 29.5-day lunar cycle, there can be two full moons in a single month. The second full moon is called a Blue Moon. The term “blue” in this context has nothing to do with the moon’s color; it’s just a colloquialism.
  2. Supermoon: A Supermoon, scientifically known as a perigee-syzygy moon, is a phenomenon that occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit (perigee), coinciding with a full moon. This proximity makes the moon appear larger and brighter in the sky than during other full moons when it’s farther away. Supermoons are a result of the moon’s elliptical orbit.

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  1. I was out there standing alone
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