This year's final supermoon is a flower moon

How to watch Thursday’s ‘Flower Moon,’ the last of four supermoons in 2020

How to watch Thursday’s ‘Flower Moon,’ the last of four supermoons in 2020

The lunar occasion, called the "Flower Moon", will reach its peak illumination at 6:45 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 7-but the moon will be visible if you venture outside tonight.

In the United Kingdom the full moon will rise on the evening of May 7 and should give the best views around 8.45pm.

This name comes from the increased fertility and blooming of plants in May and it's also known in parts of the world as "mother's moon", "milk moon" and "corn planting moon".

Technically, the full moon, which will be in the constellation Libra, will last only a moment.

The fifth full moon of 2020 was so named as it signifies spring and the flowers that bloom during the month of May.

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Last supermoon of 2020 captured by Jon Rudder. The date of the holiday varies according to the calendars used in different countries and regions, but in most areas, this year's Vesak coincides with the supermoon.

By this definition, only the Full Moons in March, April and May are super. The next supermoon will be visible in April 2021.

A supermoon happens when the moon's elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to the Earth while the moon is full.

On Thursday night the Moon will be its biggest and best - with the full moon appearing in syzygy, or exactly opposite the sun - at 8.45pm AEST. This week's is not the biggest, but it is the last one for the year, so enjoy it. Image: Getty The phenomenon of the supermoon is seen behind the silhouette of the dome of a mosque in Indonesia. This year, the four full moons from February through May were the "super" variety, according to NASA.

Every full moon of every month has a specific title. The moon tonight will appear unusually large but it's still only 361 184 kilometres from Earth. The left half shows the apparent size of a supermoon (full moon at perigee), while the right half shows the apparent size and brightness of a micromoon (full moon at apogee).

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