DENVER — The first full moon of 2023 – called the Wolf Moon – that will rise Friday evening will be the first of two micromoons this year.
A micromoon is the opposite of a supermoon and happens when the moon is at the farthest part of its orbit from Earth, according to EarthSky. That means Friday's full moon will appear smaller than average. A micromoon can appear up to 14% smaller than a supermoon.
This won't be the farthest-away micromoon of the year, though. That will happen in February.
According to EarthSky, we'll also see four supermoons in 2023:
- July 3
- Aug. 1
- Aug. 31
- Sep. 29
The Aug. 31 supermoon will appear to be the largest, and it'll also be a blue moon – which is to say, the second full moon in a calendar month.
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