The third and final supermoon of the year is set to amaze stargazers, shining its brightest on Thursday.
The last supermoon of the year is set to illuminate the night sky this week in a spectacular lunar sighting.
The third and final supermoon of 2020, which signifies spring and the flowers that bloom during May, will also be visible in the sky from Wednesday right through until Friday morning.
This particular moon may even appear a deep orange, pale pink or yellow, depending where it is on the horizon.
NASA said on its website: « The next full Moon will be on Thursday morning, May 7, 2020, appearing opposite the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 6:45am EDT. »
The space agency continued: « The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Tuesday evening through Friday morning.”
The Flower Moon is named this simply because it appears at the time of blossoming flowers in May.
This full moon will also be a supermoon, meaning it will be around six per cent bigger than a typical full moon – but they can appear up to 14 per cent bigger.
The term « supermoon » can refer to either a new or a full moon that happens at or near perigee syzygy, which means the moon is at the closest point to Earth along its orbit around our planet.
The « pink » supermoon in April was the biggest of the year, but May’s moon should be just as spectacular.
The best time to see any full moon, and particularly a supermoon, is when it’s close to the horizon because it will appear bigger to the naked eye.
It’s best to turn off all the lights in your house. Artificial brightness makes it harder to view the moon and stars in the sky.
Allow 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the sky to get the best results.
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