It’s the third supermoon we’ve seen this year and, while experts say it won’t be as striking as the previous two, it’s still going to look around six percent larger than a normal full moon.
The moon is set to be at its fullest during the day – when those of us in the UK will be unable to see it – but if you want to see it at its best, experts say you should keep your eyes to the skies before it sets at 5.42am BST on Thursday (7 May), or check it out later that day, after moonrise at around 8.45pm BST.
Dr Greg Brown, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory, told the PA news agency: “The moon’s orbit around the Earth is not entirely circular, instead a slightly flattened circle or ellipse.
“While definitions vary, a supermoon typically occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon being within the closest 10 percent of its orbit.”
Astronomer Deborah Byrd from EarthSky.org said: “The Moon appears full to the eye for two to three nights.
“However, astronomers regard the moon as full at a precisely defined instant, when the Moon is exactly 180 degrees opposite the sun in ecliptic longitude.”
This is last supermoon of this year, so if you miss it, you’ll have to wait until April 2021.
Dr Greg explained: “Because of how the dynamics of orbits work, these usually occur in runs of two or three with longer gaps of several months between each set of supermoons.”
This moon gets its name due to the fact that it appears during the time of year when plants begin to bloom.
NASA explained: “Going by the seasons, as the second full Moon of spring, the Native American tribes of the northeastern United States called this the Flower Moon, as flowers are abundant this time of year in most of these areas.”
The space agency’s website says the moon will appear full for about three days during this time from Tuesday evening through to Friday morning. Bad news for werewolves.
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