The last supermoon of 2020 rose in the night sky on Thursday

The supermoon phenomenon occurs when the moon is within 10% of its closest distance to the Earth


Reuters May 08, 2020
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The last “supermoon” of 2020 rose in the night sky on Thursday over a world beginning to re-emerge after weeks of coronavirus-related lockdowns.

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The supermoon phenomenon occurs when the moon is within 10% of its closest distance to the Earth at the full moon. May’s full moon at the height of the Northern Hemisphere spring is also called a “flower moon” hence Thursday’s “full-flower supermoon.”

The year’s two previous supermoons occurred in March and April.

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Clouds over much of Europe and Asia obscured views of the moon, which appears slightly larger than usual - and the streets remained relatively quiet, with many countries still imposing coronavirus-related restrictions.

But from Hong Kong to Jerusalem to Caracas, some locals donned masks and ventured out to take photos of the celestial spectacle.

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