Have you missed the supermoon of the last month April which is generally called the Pink Moon ? Well, there is another chance for you to witness the next and last supermoon of the year 2020. This supermoon is going to be obvious on Thursday morning, 7th May 2020. Actually it will be visible as a full moon for three days, starting from Tuesday evening upto Friday morning. So, don't miss it!


We have been witnessed a series of four supermoons this year, 2020. The first one was started with the supermoon of February which is known as Snow Moon. It was occured on 9th February 2020. The second one was of the next month or March's supermoon called Worm Moon, that was observed on 9th March, 2020. Third supermoon of this year was the full moon of April, the Pink Moon, that was visible on 7th April 2020. And lastly this series of supermoon will be completed with the final supermoon of May which is called the Flower Moon.


How does a Supermoon Occur ?

Richard Nolle, an American astrologer, coined the term 'supermoon' in 1979, and referred to it either a new or full supermoon. In maximum times supermoon occurs within its perigee position, that is its closest distance to the earth in the elliptical lunar orbit. According to this condition, there can be three to four supermoons occur in a row for a typical year.

Why is it Called the 'Flower Moon' ?

In ancient times, native American and othe traditional names of full moon were used to track seasons. The first 'Indian' names for the full moons was published by the Maine Farmer's Almanac in 1930. It is the full moon of May as well as the second full moon (first one was that of the April's Pink Moon) of the spring season. The Algonquin tribes of native American and colonial times, of what is now the north-eastern United States of America, called it as Flower Moon, because of the abundance of beautiful flowers of the spring season of year. Hence traditionally we follow this name of full moon.

The other names of the well known Flower Moon include Milk Moon, Corn Planting Moon, depending on the enounce of different communities.

It is important to note to the fact that, full moon of this month corresponds to the Vesak Festival or the 'Buddha Purnima' or 'Buddha Jayanti', an auspicious festival celebrated by the Buddhists across east Asia commemorating the birth of Gautama Buddha. Henceforth the full moon of this day is also called the Vesak Festival Moon.

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NASA Solar System Exploration | The Next Full Moon is a "Supermoon" Flower Moon

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