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Final supermoon of the year on display this week

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2020’s Last Supermoon Is A Super ‘Flower’ Moon — Here’s How To See It Tonight

"Tonight's full moon, which is traditional for the full moon in May, signifies Vesak or Buddha Day, a large festival in the Buddhist world". The full moon, known as the "Flower Moon", will be the finale to a week of starry acts in the sky.

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.

Star gazers will also have the chance to see the annual Eta Aquariid meteor shower, where dust particles from Halley's Comet light up over the southern hemisphere. But in 2020, October will have two full moons, one on October 1 and then again on October 31. Now, the Full Moon is about to light up the night skies with its attractive glow. This year, the Full Flower will reach its peak on the 9th of May. The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Tuesday evening through Friday morning. "It will be below the horizon at this time, so plan to venture outdoors the night before (Wednesday, May 6) or on Thursday night to get the best view of the bright full Flower moon!" it says on its website.

The unusual name is derived from the time-keeping traditions of Native American tribes who would name the Moon's phases after seasonal changes in the landscape.

What is the Flower Moon?

The full moon, known as the flower moon, rises behind St Mary's Lighthouse just north of Whitley Bay - May 10, 2017 - file photo.

The final supermoon of the year, rounding out a trio of spring supermoons that began in March, is occuring during May's full moon.

"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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