For the second time in August, people in Germany and other countries were able to marvel at a particularly large full moon. The earth’s satellite came particularly close to our planet on Thursday night and thus looked a little larger.

According to the German Weather Service (DWD), this time a cloud front moved over Germany and covered the moon in many places. In the first half of the night it was temporarily relaxed in North Rhine-Westphalia and Emsland, as well as in parts of Bavaria and eastern Germany. In the second half of the night, the Earth’s satellite appeared from time to time, especially in the western federal states and appeared in its full splendor in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland as well as in parts of Hesse.

On the two full moons in August, the distance between the earth and the moon was a good 357,000 kilometers. For comparison: The average distance of the moon in its orbit is a good 380,000 kilometers. Two full moons in one calendar month are rare, the later one is called “Blue Moon” in the USA – the next time there will not be until May 31, 2026.