The final supermoon of 2020 shined over the world on the 7th of May. Also called the Flower Moon, this stunning event was much anticipated and wholeheartedly welcomed by stargazers and photographers from all over the world, as they could not wait to capture the radiant giant that dominated the twilight.
This supermoon conveys a great deal of value than the earlier celestial events, as it is called the Flower Moon, a term that is used to symbolize the month of May in which many flowers initiate blooming intensely.
A super-moon can be spotted in the sky when a full moon proceeds within 10% of its closest point to the Earth. Last Tuesday, the Flower Moon approached its perigee, which is the point it is nearest to the Earth. Owing to this fact, the Flower Moon shined visibly larger and brighter than the normal full moon. NASA has approved it to be a supermoon because the perigee appeared just a couple of days before the full moon.
Many people including a few astronomists do not concur with the use of the term “supermoon” as the title for the perigee because it is not considered an astronomical term. A supermoon possesses the capacity to appear 7% larger and 15% brighter than the usual full moon.
Check out 20 of the best supermoon pics below!
Come out MOON CHILD ?♥️
“It hurts not having you by my side, but at least we’re under the same moon”#SUPERMOON #FlowerMoon pic.twitter.com/ncJ2DLa4hO
— Cassy ☕ (@karlcassidyr) May 7, 2020
It took a while to appear but the #FlowerMoon eventually made a brief appearance above @Ely_Cathedral which is still lit blue in support of the #NHS. #supermoon @SpottedInEly @ChrisPage90 @BBCLookEast @skyatnightmag @VirtualAstro pic.twitter.com/ofKH35c1R2
— James Billings (@jowlymonster) May 7, 2020
#FlowerMoon rising behind Space Needle tonight in #Seattle. #supermoon2020 pic.twitter.com/3ed7zOEqtj
— Sigma Sreedharan (@sigmas) May 7, 2020
The Flower Moon#FlowerMoon ?? pic.twitter.com/pjU8EHvj3s
— Tanya Abad (@TanyaAbadnews) May 8, 2020
Moonrise at #Stonehenge today (May 7th ) is at 20.51 and moonset is at 05.48 #FlowerMoon #Fullmoon #Moonphase #Supermoon pic.twitter.com/Van4kb0zdw
— Stonehenge U.K (@ST0NEHENGE) May 7, 2020
Flower moon rises over Y Garn, Glyderau, Snowdonia seen from Bodorgan, Anglesey. Probably get the video out in a day or two … ??
.#flowermoon #supermoon #snowdonia #anglesey pic.twitter.com/jGQVVnkIUG
— David Griffiths (@dgriffgallery) May 6, 2020
May’s ‘Flower Moon’ #may #flowermoon #nasa? #nyc #breaknpics pic.twitter.com/t77pOlZ3G9
— Break’n Pics (@breaknpics) May 6, 2020
Flower Moon rising over Sandycove this evening.#FlowerMoon #DunLaoghaire #dublin pic.twitter.com/lyDkZDElqW
— Karl Jordan (@Karljordan) May 7, 2020
Rising of the nearly full #FlowerMoon on a pink sky! pic.twitter.com/fc7WYwTGxq
— Carole (@SageCarole) May 7, 2020
Beautiful Isn’t it ??
07/05/2020#fullmoon #FlowerMoon pic.twitter.com/HVTGyqfYTz
— Psychrolusia_ (@psychrolusia) May 7, 2020
#FlowerMoon #supermoon as seen from crestline, ca. Big moon over big bear. pic.twitter.com/wtRY9xwTd1
— J.Steele (@harrypotsticker) May 7, 2020
#supermoon2020 #FlowerMoon #scorpio
She’s in Scorpio or whateva ♏ pic.twitter.com/BgEkVl4HUW
— gisellefl (@xgiselle_x) May 6, 2020
The #FlowerMoon – My kiddo found a big box of snacks in a “junk pile.” It was filled with cookies, cake mix, and ranch dressing. I made her put it back and she was very upset about it. #supermoon #exploremb pic.twitter.com/mHF3MFbAOG
— Misheyla Iwasiuk (@MisheylaIwasiuk) May 8, 2020
Here’s the one and only moon pic I took tonight. #FlowerMoon pic.twitter.com/hzHwGfpbsv
— Sierra B. (@Sierralbee) May 8, 2020
It’s a beautiful Full Moon that called Flower Moon tonight.
But I took Hercules Moon???#FullMoon #FlowerMoon #Avgeeks #aviation #aviationphotography #Hercules #c130j #374aw #36as pic.twitter.com/Fk2e89FhO0
— Golf9 ✈️ (@KimagureGolf9) May 7, 2020
Super Flower Moon, the last Super Moon of 2020, rising over the Magway, Myanmar. #SuperMoon #FlowerMoon pic.twitter.com/Kp3gqLYO53
— Zaw (@zaw__ht) May 6, 2020
Best I could get of tonight’s #supermoon over Moulton, Northamptonshire. Cloudy close to the horizon #FlowerMoon @NNskies @VirtualAstro pic.twitter.com/X5JlEhOBPf
— Kevin Howard (@kev9000pro) May 7, 2020
The lovely Flower Moon slipping away in a haze of rose and violet this morning, in Winchester.#supermoon #FlowerMoon #fullmoon #loveukweather @StormHour #supermoon2020 @earthskyscience@CloudAppSoc #ThePhotoHour @BBCWthrWatchers@BBCSouthWeather @itvweather @PicPublic pic.twitter.com/4Kk1Zn5DR9
— Linda Holtby (@holtby_linda) May 7, 2020
Apparently its a Flower Moon tonight, looks very beautiful #fullmoon #FlowerMoon pic.twitter.com/W7iJxGkMgl
— Rob in the Peak (@Rob15333645) May 7, 2020
If you have the chance, take a moment and look up at the stunning, full #FlowerMoon tonight – our last supermoon of the year. Nice to find some solace in the night sky once again ✨
?: My backyard, Orangeville, Ont. ?? pic.twitter.com/nm0JXNjjO5
— Nancy (@nancyorford) May 7, 2020
This year, stargazers across the world were truly privileged to have witnessed an entirety of four super-moons throughout the year, in the months of February, March, April, and May. From the Snow Moon in February to the Flower Moon in May, your stargazing journey was surely very interesting and enjoyable!
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