Supermoon on the left and full moon on the right (Image courtesy of the NASA/Goddard/Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter)
The final supermoon of 2020 – the Full Flower Moon – will peak at 6:45 a.m. Thursday morning. It’s the fourth consecutive supermoon.
That’s well after sunrise, which will interfere with getting a good look at the peak, but the Moon will appear close to full for the next few nights.
It’s a supermoon because the full moon is occurring when the Moon is within 90 percent of perigee, the closet point in its orbit to Earth. That will mean the full moon will appear slightly larger and brighter than normal.
Some Native American peoples knew the full moon of May as the Full Flower Moon because it coincides with abundant blooms of wildflowers, the Full Corn Planting Moon because it coincides with the planting season and the Full Milk Moon because it comes at a time when many mammal mothers are tending to their newborns.
After this month’s full moon, the Moon will cycle through its third quarter phase on May 14, new moon phase on May 22 and first quarter on May 29 before hitting full moon peak again on June 5.
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