How to watch the last supermoon of 2023

The lunar spectacle will be visible Thursday night.

The fourth and final supermoon of 2023 will be visible in the night sky this week.

The supermoon, which occurs when a full moon makes its closest orbital approach to Earth, according to NASA, will rise Thursday night and will be larger and brighter than usual. The moon will be a full moon and will also be referred to as a Corn Moon or Harvest Moon, indicating it is near the autumnal equinox, which fell on Sept. 23 this year.

According to NASA, this upcoming supermoon will be approximately 224,854 miles from Earth and appear about 5% bigger and 13% brighter than the average full moon in 2023.

The previous supermoon occurred at the end of August and the first one of the year rose on July 3. If you miss this week’s supermoon, you’ll have to wait until September 2024 to catch the next supermoon.

Thursday’s lunar event also coincides with the start of Mid-Autumn Festival, which is celebrated around the world and is one of the largest holidays in China, and Chuseok, the Korean fall harvest festival.

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