MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida is in for a celestial treat this weekend when the second of three supermoons this summer will be visible.
The full moon on August 10th isn’t like any other full moon we’ve seen this year. This is a “Supermoon,” the closest and largest full moon in 2014.
When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth, it becomes a “Supermoon,” and will be up to 31,000 miles closer to Earth than other full moons this year.
According to NASA, this full moon will be 14-percent closer and 30-percent brighter than other full moons of the year.
The scientific term for the phenomenon is “perigee moon” or the point when the Moon is closest to the Earth in its monthly orbit.
The moon will appear much larger than normal, especially on the horizon.
Like all full moons, this month’s full moon has many names. It’s known as the Sturgeon Moon in North America referencing back to a time in history when sturgeon fish were plentiful and easy to catch in the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay.
It’s also known as the Red Moon, the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.
If you happen to miss the weekend’s supermoon, don’t worry, you will have one more chance to see it this year.
There will also be a supermoon on September 8th. The only difference is it won’t appear quite as big as it will this month.