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Largest Supermoon of 2021: When to spot May's full Flower Moon at its peak



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May’s full Moon is set to be the superest Supermoon of the year, peaking on Wednesday, May 26.

A Supermoons is any Moon that is within 90 per cent of its closest point to Earth.

According to NASA’s website: ‘It occurs within hours of the closest perigee of the year, making the moon appear about 7 per cent larger than average.'

Blood Moon
Blood Moon

May’s Supermoon also coincides with a total lunar eclipse for the first time in more than two years, although it will only be visible in parts of the Western Americas.

A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon’s orbit moves in front of the Earth’s shadow, preventing the sun’s light from reaching it – instead, light from the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets illuminates the Moon, giving it its ‘blood’ red appearance.

According to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the next partial lunar eclipse to be visible from the UK is in November, with a total lunar eclipse occurring next year, on May 16.

Flower Moon, May 2020 Picture: Phil Cannings
Flower Moon, May 2020 Picture: Phil Cannings

May's full Moon was named the Flower Moon by early Native American tribes. NASA explained: “Going by the seasons, as the second full Moon of spring, the Native American tribes of the northeastern United States called this the Flower Moon, as flowers are abundant this time of year in most of these areas.

The weather forecast for Wednesday is not brilliant, but there may be a break in the clouds during the course of the evening, to allow us to view the May Supermoon - it will also appear full on days either side.

Flower Moon, May 2020 Steve Hofmann
Flower Moon, May 2020 Steve Hofmann


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