Super flower moon is coming this week

James Marshall
May 5, 2020

It's also known as the mother's moon, milk moon, and corn planting moon.

What is the Super Flower Moon?

The year 2020 has already witnessed two supermoons - the Worm Moon in March and the Pink Moon in April.

According to NASA, the Super Flower Moon will appear to be the biggest and will have attained peak illumination at 04:15 pm on May 7.

The Full Moon, known in May as the Flower Moon, rises above Hartshead Pike near Ashton-Under-Lyne on May 29, 2018 in Manchester, England - file photo.

The story behind the naming of the supermoon as the Flower Moon is available on the website of The Old Farmer's Almanac.

The term "supermoon" was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979. It refers to either a new or full moon that occurs within 90 per cent of perigee- its closest approach to Earth.

As already mentioned, the Super Flower Moon is the last supermoon of the year 2020.

When a full moon coincides with perigee, the closest point to Earth on the elliptic orbit, it creates a slightly larger-than-usual apparent view, knows to us as the supermoon. "Full moons vary in size due to the oval shape of the moon's orbit around Earth", it explains in a blog post.

That means it's going to look extra big and bright - up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a micro moon, or when a full moon farthest away from Earth, according to NASA. Worry not, there is still a chance to witness the last supermoon of 2020.

The next supermoon will be eligible only in April 2021.

Two meteor showers, the Eta-Aquariids and the Eta-Lyrids, also peak in early May, although NASA notes that the light of the almost full moon will interfere with visibility.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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