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THERE’S nothing more beautiful than a Full Moon lighting up the sky at night – and the next is TONIGHT (May 6).
The Supermoon, dubbed the Flower Moon , can be seen over three nights, but it’s at its biggest and brightest on the evening of May 6 through to the morning.
But that is not its only name, as it is sometimes referred to as Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon or Corn Planting Moon.
The Supermoon will grace the skies on May 7, and will appear at its closest at 11.45am.
It was spotted in the sky on January 10 from 5.08pm and ended at roughly 9.12pm.
In 2020 it was also a Supermoon meaning it is “a New or Full Moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit”.
This particular spectacle has many names – and can also be known as the Sap Moon, Crow Moon or Lenten Moon.
It fell on March 9 this year, and was best viewed at 5.47pm and was the second consecutive Supermoon of the year.
This spectacle is named after the wildflowers which grow in the United States and Canada in the spring.
It’s also known as the Egg Moon or Fish Moon, because of the shad fish that swim upstream at this time of year.
This Moon is particularly important because it is the Paschal Moon – the first Full Moon since the spring equinox on March 20.
This Moon is used to fix the date of Easter, which falls on the first Sunday after the Pink Moon, and marks the start of the Jewish Passover.
This Moon will fall on Thursday, May 7, and signifies the blooming of flowers and the variety that bare their petals in May – it is also known as Corn Planting Moon and Milk Moon.
This year it will be on June 5 and will feature the second penumbral lunar eclipse of the year.
Also known as the Buck Moon, as new antlers emerge from bucks’ foreheads around this time of the year.
Native Americans named this Moon after the large number of sturgeon fish in the lakes at this time.
It’s also known as the Green Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon or Grain Moon and will rise on August 3.
As it falls early in the month, on the second, the September moon is the Corn Moon in 2020.
It is also known as the Barley Moon as this is the time of year when corn or barley is harvested.
This Full Moon, which falls closest to the September equinox on the 22nd, is named after the Harvest season.
The later October moon is called the Blue Moon in 2020 because it’s the second in the month, which happens once in a blue moon.
This is because people planned ahead to winter, with October traditionally becoming a big time for hunting game – which were becoming fatter thanks to falling grains.
The Mourning Moon marks the beginning of the end and in many cultures it is connected to death and loss.
It is also called the Reed Moon by Celtic cultures because it is compared to the mournful music made by wind instruments to the sounds of spirits being taken to the underworld.
This year, it will be on November 30 and will feature the final penumbral lunar eclipse of 2020.
Full Moons mark the midway point of the lunar calendar when the Moon finds itself directly across from the Sun.
Although astronomers prefer the term Full Moon at perigee or perigee Moon, amateur astronomers refer to the phenomenon as a Supermoon.
Because they occur every 29 and a half days, there are sometimes 13 a year – as there are in 2020.
This is because Native American tribes kept track of the months of the year by the lunar calendar.
A New Moon is the start of a new lunar phase, when the Sun and Moon have the same ecliptic longitude.
At the end of a lunar phase, a Full Moon is bright white, because it’s reflecting the light from the sun, but a New Moon is dark, except for a tiny slither (waxing crescent) around the edge.
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