Missed the last Supermoon of 2022? Don't fret, check these STUNNING photos by Twitterati | Tech News

Missed the last Supermoon of 2022? Don't fret, check these STUNNING photos by Twitterati

The last supermoon of 2022 left the skywatchers mesmerized! For those who missed this massive event, check the stunning pics shared by Twitter users.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Aug 13 2022, 15:03 IST
Earth has craters just like the Moon! Here is what NASA says
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1/5 Other than the Moon and our Solar System, Earth too has been hit by several asteroids and other objects creating craters on its surface. But it needs to be noted that not every object heading towards Earth reaches its ground mainly because of the atmospheric layers. Here are some of the biggest craters impact that dented the surface of the Earth. (Google Earth)
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2/5 What is an impact crater? According to the information provided by Space Place, NASA, "An impact crater is formed when an object like an asteroid or meteorite crashes into the surface of a larger solid object like a planet or a moon. To form a true impact crater, this object needs to be traveling extremely fast—many thousands of miles per hour! When a solid object crashes into something at these super fast speeds, it forms a crater regardless of how hard or tough it is." (Pixabay)
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3/5 Evidence of really big impacts – such as Arizona’s Meteor Crater – is harder to find on Earth. The impact history of our home world has largely been erased by weather and water or buried under lava, rock, or ice. Nonetheless, we still find new giant craters occasionally, NASA said. In 2019, a NASA glaciologist discovered a possible impact crater buried under more than a mile of ice in northwest Greenland. That followed the finding, announced in November 2018, of a 19-mile-wide crater beneath Hiawatha Glacier – the first meteorite impact crater ever discovered under Earth’s ice sheets. Though these impact sites in northwest Greenland are only 114 miles apart, at present they do not appear to have formed at the same time. (Pixabay)
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4/5 Meteor Crater (also known as Barringer Crater) in Arizona was the first crater discovered to be formed by an extraterrestrial impact. It formed 50,000 years ago from a meteorite that may have been up to about 150 feet wide traveling more than 28,000 mph, according to the information provided by NASA. (National Map Seamless Server (USGS))
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5/5 Vredefort crater in South Africa is the largest known impact crater on Earth—almost 200 miles across. At over 2 billion years old, it is also one of the oldest. Because of erosion over this long time period, the crater is a bit difficult to see. (NASA)
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Twitter has been flooded with the amazing pics of the last Supermoon of 2022. Check here. (AP)

After last month's Supermoon event, August came up with another one that was equally, if not more, stunning. Skywatchers were left mesmerized as the fourth and last Supermoon of 2022 lit up the sky last night. Usually, there are 3 to 4 supermoons in a year. This year, we have been blessed with four supermoons and this was one of the rarest opportunities to catch this last on this year. This is the "sturgeon moon". It occurs when the moon is at its fullest stage when it is also closest to the Earth. Th effect for skygazers is that it makes the moon look much larger and brighter in the sky- quite imposing actually.

Meanwhile, many took the opportunity to capture this moment of the last supermoon and flooded Twitter with stunning photos. However, it was not just the supermoon but a meteor shower too which adorned the sky. One of the users on Twitter mentioned, “Last super moon of the year plus a meteor shower all tonight?? I gotta say, this is my favorite night for sure And I've seen a meteor a few minutes ago."

While another user said, “Tonight's #SturgeonMoon rising behind St John's Point Lighthouse in County Down. The final #supermoon of the year and it's an absolute beauty!”

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Supermoon 2022 (@JeffOvers / Twitter)
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Supermoon 2022 (@JeffOvers / Twitter)
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Supermoon 2022 (@chrisneilmckay / Twitter)
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Supermoon 2022 (@acambridgediary / Twitter)
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Supermoon 2022 (@JayStill4 / Twitter)

What is a supermoon?

A Supermoon occurs when the view of the full moon comes closest to the Earth in its orbit. In this way, the moon makes its closest approach to the Earth while orbiting in 27-days around our planet. However, the Moon doesn't have a circular orbit, instead, the Moon orbits Earth in an ellipse, an oval that brings it closer to Earth at a particular time as it goes around. During this period, the Moon appears larger and brighter than in its usual daily form.

However, NASA mentioned that the term “supermoon” was coined in 1979 to use it to describe what astronomers would call a perigean or full moon. This term gives preference to the geometric alignment of Sun-Earth-Moon that allows the occurrence of a full moon.

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First Published Date: 13 Aug, 15:03 IST
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