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That was super, moon: Sky watchers are transfixed as ‘Flower moon’ rises putting on stunning display

The year’s final supermoon was at its most impressive last night with the so-called ‘Flower Moon’ appearing six per cent larger than normal.

It was the third and final supermoon of 2020 and it was also estimated to be less visually striking than the other two, which occurred on March 9 and April 7-8. 

The moon was at its fullest at 11.45am BST this morning, but it was not visible in the UK at this time. 

However, the moon was at its most impressive before it set yesterday morning at around 5.42 BST and also after moonrise around 8.45pm BST.

Its name comes from the period of increased fertility and blooming plants during early May and it is also called Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon and Corn Planting Moon.

 

The Flower Moon, and the last supermoon of the year, was at its fullest at 11.45am yesterday morning, but it was not visible in the UK at this time. The full moon was dramatically seen over Chesterton Windmill in Warwickshire yesterday

The Flower Moon silhouetted two cyclists near Salgotarjan in Hungary. The moon was at its most impressive before it set yesterday morning at around 5.42 BST, and also after moonrise around 8.45pm BST

The Flower Moon silhouetted two cyclists near Salgotarjan in Hungary. The moon was at its most impressive before it set yesterday morning at around 5.42 BST, and also after moonrise around 8.45pm BST

Pictured, the moon above apartments in Minsk, Belarus. The Flower Moon is around 14 per cent bigger than a micromoon, which is when the moon is at its furthest point from Earth

Pictured, the moon above apartments in Minsk, Belarus. The Flower Moon is around 14 per cent bigger than a micromoon, which is when the moon is at its furthest point from Earth

The Flower Moon appeared above Japan Railway's bullet train on a railway bridge Flower super moon, Kawasaki, Japan. The Flower Moon is also a supermoon, meaning it will be about six per cent larger than a typical full moon

The Flower Moon appeared above Japan Railway’s bullet train on a railway bridge Flower super moon, Kawasaki, Japan. The Flower Moon is also a supermoon, meaning it will be about six per cent larger than a typical full moon

The spectacular moon was seen over Moscow in Russia, during yesterday evening. The moon was visible to the naked eye and did not require a telescope or specialist equipment to see

The spectacular moon was seen over Moscow in Russia, during yesterday evening. The moon was visible to the naked eye and did not require a telescope or specialist equipment to see

Meanwhile in Minsk, Belarus, avid sky watchers saw the moon, which was at its most impressive before it set yesterday morning, rise above apartments

Meanwhile in Minsk, Belarus, avid sky watchers saw the moon, which was at its most impressive before it set yesterday morning, rise above apartments 

Greg Brown, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory, said: ‘Technically the exact moment of full moon is 11.45am, however the moon will not be visible in the sky in the UK at that time.’

The moon rose over London at 8.44pm BST last night. It was larger than normal early yesterday morning, before it disappeared from the sky at 5.42am.

Mr Brown said: ‘Times for moonrise and set vary slightly across the UK, but not by more than about 10 minutes or so.’ 

The full moon was also a supermoon, meaning it appeared about six per cent larger than a typical full moon and around 14 per cent bigger than a micromoon, which is when the moon is at its furthest point from Earth. 

Dr Brown said: ‘The moon’s orbit around the Earth is not entirely circular, instead a slightly flattened circle or ellipse.

‘As such, it is sometimes closer to and sometimes further away from the Earth.

‘While definitions vary, a supermoon typically occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon being within the closest 10 per cent of its orbit.’

Dr Brown also said this event was the third and final supermoon of this year.

In New York City the full moon, which appeared six per cent larger than normal yesterday, was seen overlooking the Statue of Liberty

In New York City the full moon, which appeared six per cent larger than normal yesterday, was seen overlooking the Statue of Liberty

The full moon, which was the third and final supermoon of 2020, illuminated the New York City skyline last night

The full moon, which was the third and final supermoon of 2020, illuminated the New York City skyline last night

The flower moon made its appearance close to Tower Bridge in London as hundreds of sky watchers remained transfixed

The flower moon made its appearance close to Tower Bridge in London as hundreds of sky watchers remained transfixed

The 'flower moon' rose behind the statue of priest Antonio Montesino wearing a face mask in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, yesterday

The ‘flower moon’ rose behind the statue of priest Antonio Montesino wearing a face mask in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, yesterday

In Russia, the moon, which was the last one to be seen in 2020, made an appearance behind Moscow State University

In Russia, the moon, which was the last one to be seen in 2020, made an appearance behind Moscow State University 

The 'Full Flower Moon' or the 'Corn Planting Moon' or the 'Milk Moon' is the last in a series of four super moons in 2020 and rose above apartments in Minsk, Belarus last night

The ‘Full Flower Moon’ or the ‘Corn Planting Moon’ or the ‘Milk Moon’ is the last in a series of four super moons in 2020 and rose above apartments in Minsk, Belarus last night

The full moon, which is also called Mother's Moon, Milk Moon and Corn Planting Moon, rose above  Moscow State University in Russia

The full moon, which is also called Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon and Corn Planting Moon, rose above  Moscow State University in Russia

This full moon was a supermoon and rose above Tower Bridge in London. Moonrise times vary across the UK, but not by more than around 10 minutes

This full moon was a supermoon and rose above Tower Bridge in London. Moonrise times vary across the UK, but not by more than around 10 minutes 

The Flower Moon is also sometimes referred to as the Mother's Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon, referencing a time of increased fertility in early May

The Flower Moon is also sometimes referred to as the Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon, referencing a time of increased fertility in early May

The next supermoon will be visible in April 2021, with the Flower Moon being the last one of 2020. A supermoon occurs when the moon reaches its closest position to Earth, known as the perigee

The next supermoon will be visible in April 2021, with the Flower Moon being the last one of 2020. A supermoon occurs when the moon reaches its closest position to Earth, known as the perigee

Avid sky watchers gather at Primrose Hill in London in an effort to catch a glimpse of the full moon, which is also known as the 'Flower Moon'

Avid sky watchers gather at Primrose Hill in London in an effort to catch a glimpse of the full moon, which is also known as the ‘Flower Moon’

He added: ‘Because of how the dynamics of orbits work, these usually occur in runs of two or three with longer gaps of several months between each set of suquamoons.’

The full moon comes in the midst of another celestial display – the Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower, which reached its peak on Wednesday.

The Eta Aquariids take place every year from the middle of April until the end of May, when Earth passes through the stream of debris left behind by Halley’s Comet.

This result in dozens of shooting stars every hour. Like yesterday’s supermoon, they were visible with the naked eye and did not require a telescope or specialist equipment.

The next supermoon will be visible in April 2021, with the Flower Moon being the last one of 2020. 

The 'flower moon' (pictured above Tower Bridge in London) was admired by thousands of sky watchers across the world

The ‘flower moon’ (pictured above Tower Bridge in London) was admired by thousands of sky watchers across the world

Elsewhere near Windsor Castle, the large moon, which was the last one to be seen in 2020, was spotted rising into the sky

Elsewhere near Windsor Castle, the large moon, which was the last one to be seen in 2020, was spotted rising into the sky 

The final supermoon of the year pictured over Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin Bay, Ireland last night. The full moon comes in the midst of another celestial display - the Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower, which reached its peak on Wednesday

The final supermoon of the year pictured over Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin Bay, Ireland last night. The full moon comes in the midst of another celestial display – the Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower, which reached its peak on Wednesday

The full moon lit up the sky over a mosque minaret on the 14th day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Amman, Jordan May 7. A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon being within the closest 10 per cent of its orbit

The full moon lit up the sky over a mosque minaret on the 14th day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Amman, Jordan May 7. A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon being within the closest 10 per cent of its orbit

At Dublin bay in Ireland, the 'flower moon', whose name comes from the period of increased fertility and blooming plants during early May, rose over Poolbeg Lighthouse

At Dublin bay in Ireland, the ‘flower moon’, whose name comes from the period of increased fertility and blooming plants during early May, rose over Poolbeg Lighthouse 

Two people sat by the sea and watched the moon illuminate the sky as it rose over Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin Bay, Ireland, last night

Two people sat by the sea and watched the moon illuminate the sky as it rose over Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin Bay, Ireland, last night

Meanwhile in St Albans Abbey, which was lit up blue in tribute to NHS workers on the frontline, the large moon was seen rising in the distance yesterday

Meanwhile in St Albans Abbey, which was lit up blue in tribute to NHS workers on the frontline, the large moon was seen rising in the distance yesterday

People watched in awe as the super moon, which was at its fullest at 11.45am this morning, rose into the sky near Glastonbury Tor next to St Michael's Tower

People watched in awe as the super moon, which was at its fullest at 11.45am this morning, rose into the sky near Glastonbury Tor next to St Michael’s Tower 

The 'flower moon', which rose over London at 8.44pm BST last night, was spotted behind  skyscrapers on the London skyline yesterday evening

The ‘flower moon’, which rose over London at 8.44pm BST last night, was spotted behind  skyscrapers on the London skyline yesterday evening

The 'flower moon' rose over a the derelict West Pier in Brighton yesterday as it reached its closest position to the Earth

The ‘flower moon’ rose over a the derelict West Pier in Brighton yesterday as it reached its closest position to the Earth

NASA: 'The Eta Aquariids are pieces of debris from Halley’s Comet, which is a well-known comet that is viewable from Earth approximately every 76 years'

NASA: ‘The Eta Aquariids are pieces of debris from Halley’s Comet, which is a well-known comet that is viewable from Earth approximately every 76 years’

Tuesday saw another celestial showcase private astronomers, with the conclusion of the Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower. The Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower saw several days where dozens of shooting stars could be seen an hour, with its peak being at Tuesday around 1:20am UTC

Tuesday saw another celestial showcase private astronomers, with the conclusion of the Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower. The Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower saw several days where dozens of shooting stars could be seen an hour, with its peak being at Tuesday around 1:20am UTC

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