Though the moon will have appeared full since Tuesday evening, it is expected to be especially prominent on Thursday night.

If you want to catch a glimpse, here’s all you need to know about watching the moon.

The term “supermoon” was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 and refers to a moon that’s 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.

Royal Observatory astronomer Greg Brown explains: “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.”

The full moon in May is known as the “flower moon”, simply because it appears at the time of blossoming flowers when spring arrives, according to Royal Observatory Greenwich.

As May’s full moon is a supermoon, the moon in the skies on Thursday will also be a “Super Flower Moon”.

The full moon will be in the night sky on the evening of Thursday May 7, though it will technically be at its fullest at 11.45am on Thursday morning.

It will be most visible when it rises from around 8.45pm on Thursday, right until approximately 6.10am the following morning.

According to NASA: “When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects.

The moon will be most visible when there is dark sky, a clear horizon and not much light pollution, so keep your eyes to the skies from nightfall for the best view. The best way to see it is to look east soon after moonrise.

Some of the best spots to see the moon will be on hills with clear views to the east and west. Remember that if you are going outside to adhere to social distancing advice and stay two metres away from other people.

Because the moon will be so bright, though, you’ll spot it fine staying indoors – all you’ll need to do is stick you head out of the window and keep an eye on the sky, provided, of course, that the weather is clear.


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