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This week, the final supermoon of 2023 will rise.

The summer of supermoons is drawing to an end as September approaches. The Harvest Moon, the fourth and final full moon of the current season, will be at its brightest on Friday, September 29 in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

The moon will rise at approximately 18:33 EDT for observers in New York City and set the next day at approximately 06:52 EDT. The moon will progressively lose light after the full moon, a phenomenon known as “waning.” On October 14, it will finally turn into a completely dark new moon, beginning a new lunar cycle.

Four supermoons in a row began with the Full Buck Moon in July and continued with the Full Sturgeon Moon and Full Blue Moon in August. Supermoons are full moons that appear brighter and slightly larger than typical full moons because they happen when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit.

Two days prior to the Harvest Moon, on the evening of September 27, the moon will be at its closest to Earth. The supermoon of 2023 won’t be the closest or brightest one, though. The Full Blue Moon on August 30th was even closer to Earth.

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