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The last super moon of the year will also be visible tonight


by Holly O'Neill
08th May 2020
The last super moon of the year will also be visible tonight

The last super moon of the year was visible in some Irish skies last night


The super moon will be visible again tonight from 10.44pm.

There have been three supermoons so far this year, in February, March and April.

A super moon can look up to 30% brighter. This moon has also been referred to as a “flower moon” which 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.”

Astronomy Ireland’s David Moore told Extra.ie, “there are four super moons this year, this is the last one of 2020 but there’ll be more next year. Basically what happens is the moon goes around the earth in a slightly non-circular orbit, and sometimes it comes closer than at other times, by about 15%. When that coincides with a full moon, the moon will be about 30% bigger and brighter in the sky. As long as the full moon is within 90% of its closest distance to us, because you’re never going to get a perfect coincidence of a full moon and the exact closest moment, that’s a loose definition of a super moon.”

Related: the incredible story of how we touched the moon

The next supermoon will be visible in March 2021 but David Moore told TheJournal.ie that it is “an incredible time, with no less than two naked-eye comets coming. One at the end of this month and the month after.”

Photography by Unsplash.

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