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A Lunar Phenomenon in Johannesburg

The moon appeared brighter and bigger than normal because it was closer than usual, just 357,530 kilometers away, thus the supermoon label. A bigger and brighter moon lit up the night skies above Johannesburg on Tuesday evening as the cosmos offered up the first of two supermoons this August. The moon will be even closer the night of Aug. 30 — a scant 357,344 kilometers distant. Due to it being the second full moon in the same month, it will be what’s called a blue moon. The last time two full supermoons graced the sky in the same month was in 2018. It won’t happen again until 2037, according to Italian astronomer Gianluca Masi, founder of the Virtual Telescope Project.