Last Supermoon of the Year to Light Up the Sky Tonight

Is the heat keeping you indoors? Don't worry, the view of landmarks and ancient sites will be even better after nightfall.

Another supermoon, the third and last one to be seen this year, will shine in the night sky tonight, June 24.

An incredible sight when rising behind landmarks and ancient sites, those who wish to view the spectacle from a rooftop restaurant should make their reservations early, as the heat wave currently peaking in Greece is making many rethink daytime outings to sights and viewpoints.


The last two supermoons rose on the evenings of April 27 (pictured at the temple of Poseidon at Sounio above) and May 26, while we’ll have to wait to see the next supermoon for almost a year – June 14, 2022.

What is a supermoon?

The phenomenon occurs when a full moon comes closest to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, a point known as the “perigee” (as opposed to the farthest point, or “apogee”). On that night, the human eye will view the lunar disk as significantly larger and brighter than an average full moon, hence “supermoon” (a term coined by astrologer Richard Nolle).

Among the scientific community, the term perigee full moon is used, while the more poetic “strawberry moon” appears in the Old Farmer’s Almanac from colonial North America, inherited from the Native American Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, among others, to mark the ripening of “June-bearing” berries and the start of the strawberry picking season. 


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