2 Rare Supermoons Are Coming This August, Here’s When to See Them

The full Sturgeon moon and the full blue moon will bless the skies this month.

Diana Robinson Photography/Moment/Getty Images
Diana Robinson Photography/Moment/Getty Images
Diana Robinson Photography/Moment/Getty Images

August is all about the moon, and let me tell you-it’s about to be super. This month is not only packed with celestial events (remember the Perseid meteor shower?), but it also flaunts not only one but two full moons. And get this-they’re both supermoons, too!

The first one is coming right up. On the night of Tuesday, August 1, the full Sturgeon moon will rise up in the sky. More specifically, if you’re located in NYC, In the Sky reports that the Sturgeon supermoon will rise at 2:31 pm EDT and it will set at 05:11 am EDT on Wednesday August 3.

For the other supermoon, you’ll have to wait until the end of the month. Dubbed the full blue moon, it will rise (for New Yorkers) at 7:10 pm EDT on August 30 and it will set at 6:46 am EDT the day after, on August 31.

As the popular term “once in a blue moon” suggests, this is a relatively rare occurrence to have two full moons, let alone two supermoons, in the same month. According to the New York Post, we won’t see a blue supermoon again until August 2032, nine years from now.

The term supermoon is already pretty eloquent, but if you’re not familiar with the phenomenon, we’re here to help! What happens is that the moon’s orbit around the Earth isn’t really a perfect circle-it’s a little warped, and it looks more like an elliptical shape. That means that there are points on the moon’s orbit in which the gorgeous planet is closer to the Earth, which makes it appear larger and brighter to us stargazers-hence the term supermoon.

According to, supermoons can be even 30% brighter and 14% bigger than a regular moon that we see from Earth. However, don’t get your hopes up too high-while they both sound like big numbers, the size difference is really hard to spot with the naked eye unless you have a ton of experience in moon watching. Its brightness difference, however, is a whole other story, and it’s likely that you’ll be able to notice it, given optimal moongazing conditions.

Ready to go stargazing?

Here are all the best stargazing events that you can get out and see this month or you could stay in and stream the northern lights from home. If you’re just getting started, check out our guide to astronomy for beginners or easy stargazing road trips from big US cities.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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