Tonight's supermoon could appear as 'double the normal size' in Irish skies

James Marshall
July 13, 2020

Because of its close proximity, the moon will appear to be particularly large and bright. The "Milk Moon" or the "Corn Planting Moon" is announcing the arrival of spring.

The technical name for a supermoon is a perigee syzygy which denotes the fact that the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit. First, the annual Eta Aquariid meteor shower peaked on the mornings of May 5 and May 6.

So in 2020, the Full Moons on March 9th and April 8th were also supermoons.

Full Moons are perceived by a period of spirituality and high energy.

The May full moon is known as the Flower moon.

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The moon is set to be at its fullest during the day - when those of us in the United Kingdom will be unable to see it - but if you want to see it at its best, experts say you should keep your eyes to the skies before it sets at 5.42am BST on Thursday (7 May), or check it out later that day, after moonrise at around 8.45pm BST.

David Moore, founder of Astronomy Ireland magazine, noted that the moon would appear again on Friday, but that tonight, Thursday, would be by far the best time to see it.

The Moon will be below the horizon between those hours, meaning the peak itself will not be visible. May's flower moon is roughly 2,000 miles short of that, according to Farmer's Almanac, although the designation has been used to describe full moons that reach 90% of that distance in more recent times.

Additionally, the Full Moon in May, which is on the 7th this year, is also known as the Flower Moon. Specifically, Algonquin tribes referred to this as the flower moon in North America. The May moon is associated with the growth of flowers.

"The May Moon marked a time of increasing fertility with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom".

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