Don’t miss this month’s supermoon because it’s your last chance to see one this year. Sky watchers can look up for the upcoming “Flower Moon” on Thursday, May 7.
With stay-at-home mandates and social distancing measures in place during the coronavirus pandemic, many newcomers to the nighttime hobby can take time to observe this lunar event, weather permitting.
According to NASA, the final supermoon of 2020 will reach its peak at 5:45 a.m. CST (6:45 a.m. ET) for the best view on Thursday morning and continue to appear full until Friday morning.
May’s “Flower Moon” is also the last in a series of spring supermoons that began in March, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. A supermoon occurs when a full moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, which makes it appear slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon.
Several Native American tribes called May’s full moon the “Flower Moon” because of the abundance of flowers blooming this month, the Old Farmer’s Almanac says. Depending on the community, May’s full Moon was also called Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon — all references to a time of increased fertility.
Viewing conditions will depend on the weather and skies in your area. As a reminder, if you step outside to view this lunar event, be mindful of social distancing guidelines.
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