There have been 3 supermoon's lighting up the skies of New York in 2022 with a 4th and final one of the year about to make it's presence known. When is the best time to see the Sturgeon moon? What does New York have to do with the name Sturgeon moon? What's a supermoon?

Let's get answers to these questions and more.

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What is a supermoon? According to, these fairly rare occasions occur when a full moon is closest to Earth. This happened in May with the Flower moon, in June with the Strawberry moon and in July with the Buck moon. The 4th and final supermoon of 2022, the Sturgeon moon, arrives this week.

What does New York have to do with the naming of the Sturgeon moon? According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, many moons ago, Sturgeon, those monster size fish, were plentiful in Lake Champlain and August was the best time of year to catch them.

Photo by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash
Photo by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash

What are the best times to see the Sturgeon supermoon in New York? You might think the moon is at it's peak on Wednesday evening but not quite. According to NASA, the sun will rise at 6:18am on Thursday August 11th and sunset will be at 8:08pm. Not long after sunset will be the perfect time.

Here in New York State, August’s full Moon will reach peak illumination at 9:36pm on Thursday August 11th. 

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