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07.05.2020 Europe

Super Flower Moon: the last supermoon of 2020

By RFI
© Reuters/Pavel Mikheyev
LISTEN MAY 7, 2020
© Reuters/Pavel Mikheyev

The 'Flower Super Moon', was visible early on Thursday morning and is set to rise over Europe after sunset. This is the last chance for astronomy fans to see a supermoon this year. 

The term supermoon was first defined by Astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979.

Nolle explained that the phenomenon refers to a moon that occurs within 90 percent of perigee - its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.

The supermoon appears brighter and larger than normal, and is anything from 14 percent to 30 percent brighter than the average moon. 

The 'Flower Moon'

The Maine Farmer's Almanac first published "Indian" names for the full moons in the 1930s, reports the NASA.

The Algonquin tribes called this the 'Flower Moon', in reference to the blooming of flowers in spring in the northern hemisphere.

Other names include the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

What is a Super Flower Moon? Watch the video below:

For Buddhists across Asia, the last supermoon of 2020 corresponds to Vesak. This holiday, also called "Buddha's Birthday," commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.

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