Full Moon 2020: What is a Supermoon? Is it a Supermoon tonight?

13 Juillet, 2020, 08:45 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • The full supermoon is expected to appear at its peak

This supermoon comes on the heels of the biggest and brightest supermoon of the year in April, but it's still more spectacular than a typical full moon. Two will take place in October, with the second happening on Halloween to make for a spooky blue moon indeed.

"While definitions vary, a supermoon typically occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon being within the closest 10 percent of its orbit".

Star gazers will also have the chance to see the annual Eta Aquariid meteor shower, where dust particles from Halley's Comet light up over the southern hemisphere.

The good news is skies are expected to be clear on the evening of May 7, when the supermoon will still be lighting up the night sky.

The full moon will remain visible until the morning of May 8.

When the Moon reaches its highest orbit of Earth, it reaches the co-called lunar apogee.

The May full moon is known as the Flower moon.

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David Moore, founder of Astronomy Ireland magazine, noted that the moon would appear again on Friday, but that tonight, Thursday, would be by far the best time to see it.

The "Flower Super Moon", was visible early on Thursday morning and is set to rise over Europe after sunset.

Native American tribes have given a name for all the Supermoon phenomena throughout the year.

But why the name Flower Moon?

The Maine Farmer's Almanac first published "Indian" names for the full moons in the 1930s, reports the NASA.

It will start at 12:45 French time today (Thursday May 7) as the moon will already be full, and when the sun goes down around 21:30, the moon will be 362,800km away from the Earth.

Traditionally, May is the month of fertility, which gives to the Full Flower Moon specific magical attributes.



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