Good News Friday: You’ve Got Another Shot at Seeing a Supermoon This Month

By Leah Sherrell

August 4, 2023

Plus, free trolley rides, anyone?

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for good news. We’re also somehow already talking about fall? 

Greensboro Hopper Trolley 

Whether you live in Greensboro or are visiting for the weekend, there’s a new way to get around downtown—and it’s free! Now through Dec. 31 the city is running the Hopper Trolley pilot program. They’re using buses that have been renovated to look like old trolley cars. Thursday- Sunday you can hop on any of the stops, scan the QR codes for historical information about Greensboro, and when you want to explore the shops and restaurants, you simply hop-off! 


It is NOT too Early to Decorate for Fall

After over a month and a half of muggy, sky high temperatures, North Carolina is finally getting a break from the heat thanks to a high pressure system hanging over the state. The slightly cooler weather might have you wondering if it’s too early to decorate for Fall, and the uptick in Google searches means you’re not alone. Some may gasp at the thought of autumn leaf decorations in August, but according to Southern Living, it is not too early to get into the season. If the cool weather and start of school gets you in the decorating mood, go for it!


The Best Hot Air Ballooning 

Attractions of America has a list of the best places to hot-air balloon in the U.S., and Asheville slides in at No. 10. The scenery in western North Carolina is great from any overlook, but a hot-air balloon ride treats you to views of the Great Smoky Mountains, Pisgah National Forest, Biltmore Estate, and amazing colors during the Spring and Fall. 

[Keep an eye out for our upcoming article about where and how to take a hot-air balloon ride in North Carolina!] 


The Two Supermoons of August

Earlier this week, the first of August’s two supermoons crossed the night sky. A supermoon is when the moon is at its closest to Earth at the same time it’s full. This year there are four supermoons, and there are two left. There will be one on Aug. 30 and another on Sept. 29. While you’ll have two more chances to see a supermoon this year, the one on Aug. 30 is special for another reason. Not only is it August’s second supermoon, it is a rare blue supermoon. A blue moon is when there are two full moons in one month, and the last blue supermoon was in 2009. There won’t be another one until 2032. 


  • Leah Sherrell

    Leah Sherrell is a multimedia reporter for Cardinal & Pine. A graduate of UNC-Wilmington, she's a resident of Kernersville with a background in video production and communication. Leah uses many forms of media to explore the multifaceted lifestyles and cultures present in North Carolina.

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