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Four Consecutive “Supermoons” Visible in Wisconsin this Fall

In the coming months, there will be a lunar eclipse, a blue moon, and multiple supermoons. Supermoons are brighter and are seven percent bigger than the average size of a full moon because the moon is closest to Earth during these times.

There will be a blue supermoon on August 30th, which is very rare. It will be the second full moon of the month. The term "blue supermoon" was coined in 1883 after the Krakatoa Volcano eruption, as debris in the sky gave the moon a blue appearance.

The full harvest supermoon will occur on September 29th, following the fall equinox. During this time, farmers can work at night due to the moonlight illuminating all the crops.

During the full hunter blood moon in late October, some states should be able to see a portion of the moon in the evening. The moon will appear faded with a shade of brownish-maroon. When hunters observe this, they know it is time to hunt, and fields will be cut to make animals more visible.

The beaver moon receives its name because beavers are active during this time, preparing for winter. In response to the active beaver population, hunters will set up traps around marshes. Beavers provide a supply of fur coats for the upcoming winter.

Overall, these lunar events have a profound impact on various facets of life, aiding farmers, informing hunters, and serving as indicators for animals in their winter preparations. Mark these dates in your calendar, for these celestial displays are truly sights worth beholding.

[Sources: Earth Sky; Old Farmer’s Almanac; Madison.com]

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