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The last supermoon of the year is set to appear in UK skies on Thursday.

The Earth’s natural satellite is expected to be visible early in the morning as well as after sunset as the moon  rises in the south-east.

The full moon in May is also known as the “flower moon”, signifying the flowers that bloom during the month, according to Royal Observatory Greenwich. Other names include the hare moon, the corn planting moon, and the milk moon.

Royal Observatory astronomer, Greg Brown said: “Technically the exact moment of the full moon is 11.45am, however, the moon will not be visible in the sky in the UK at that time.”

“Times for moonrise and set vary slightly across the UK, but not by more than about 10 minutes or so.”

This full moon will also be a supermoon, meaning it will be about six per cent larger than a typical full moon and around 14 per cent bigger than a micromoon, which is when the moon is at its furthest point from Earth.

Dr Brown added: “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 per cent of its orbit.”

Dr Brown also said this event would be the third and final supermoon of this year.

“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,” he explained.

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