Prepare for a celestial spectacle this August, as three significant lunar events grace the night sky, promising a captivating show for stargazers.
Consider dusting off your telescope or grabbing a pair of binoculars, as the upcoming month offers a trifecta of lunar wonders: the Supermoon, the Micromoon, and the Blue Moon, all poised to shine brightly.
Kicking off the series is the Supermoon, set to grace the night of Tuesday, August 1. Supermoons occur when a Full Moon aligns with its closest proximity to Earth along its elliptical orbit, known as perigee. This phenomenon results in a larger and more luminous appearance, truly dazzling observers.
Following closely is the New Micromoon, which will grace the Doha skies on Wednesday, August 16. This phenomenon occurs when the New Moon reaches its farthest distance from Earth, an astronomical occurrence known as apogee. Since the August 16 Micromoon falls during the New Moon phase, the side facing Earth remains unilluminated by the Sun, rendering it invisible, even without the aid of telescopes or binoculars.
Lastly, on Thursday, August 31, the spotlight shines on the second Full Moon of the month, known as a Blue Moon. An added twist awaits as this August's Blue Moon is also a Supermoon, echoing the spectacular display witnessed on Tuesday, August 1.
Anticipate clear skies and make sure to mark your calendar for these captivating lunar rendezvous throughout August.