Final supermoon of 2020 the flower moon will be visible tonight

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Tonight will see the last supermoon of the year light up the skies.

The Flower Moon will be visible in the night sky this evening, May 7.

The Flower moon is so bright because the moon is located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun, meaning its face will be fully illuminated.

It also sees the moon at its closest point to the earth, meaning it will look larger and brighter than usual this evening.

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The moon will be best seen tonight, but the moon has been bright all week, as the amazing picture above by Richard Addis shows.

NASA explained what a supermoon is, they said: "The Moon orbits Earth in an ellipse, an oval that brings it closer to and farther from Earth as it goes around

"The farthest point in this ellipse is called the apogee and is about 253,000 miles (405,500km) from Earth on average.

"Its closest point is the perigee, which is an average distance of about 226,000 miles (363,300km) from Earth.

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"When a Full Moon appears at perigee it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular Full Moon – and that's where we get a 'supermoon'."

This particular moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Flower Moon.

But it is also called several other names.

NASA said: “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.

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“Other names include the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.”

The supermoon will peak at around 11:45pm tonight, but it should be visible all evening.

2020 has seen four supermoons, with the previous three taking place on February 9, March 9 and April 8.

The next supermoon will take place on April 27 2021.

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