SAN ANTONIO – KSAT viewers captured photos of a rare super blue moon — the biggest and brightest moon this year — overnight.
Images posted to KSAT Connect show the moon lighting up the South Central Texas sky as it reached perigee at 12:56 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30.
Perigee means it was at the point in its orbit when it was closest to Earth. And because it was closer, it appeared bigger and brighter — hence, the name supermoon. The moon won’t get any closer to us until November 2025.
What makes it a blue moon? There are two kinds of blue moons, according to NASA, and neither has anything to do with the actual color of the moon.
A seasonal blue moon refers to the third full moon in a season that has four full moons. A monthly blue moon is the second full moon within one calendar month. We see a blue moon about once every three years, on average, according to NASA.
The moon met both the seasonal and monthly blue moon definitions on Aug. 30.
We won’t have another super blue moon until 2037.