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How to see the last supermoon of 2020

How to see the last supermoon of 2020

The supermoon will rise for the last time in 2020 tonight.

How to see the last supermoon of 2020

Known as the ‘Flower Moon’, this moon will be best viewed when it rises in the east, which is around 5.30pm NZST.

It’s recommended you watch the moon rise from a high vantage point with clear views of the horizon. The best time to see any full moon is when it’s close to the horizon – it appears bigger as it rises between landmarks, and is an eye-catching yellow colour due to it being seen through the thickest part of Earth’s atmosphere

MetService meteorologist Andy Best told Stuff that according to the weather forecast, the east of New Zealand will have the best view.

He said places such as Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Kāpiti and Wellington in the North Island, and most eastern places like Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago in the South Island should have clear skies.

May’s full moon is known as the Flower Moon due to the Northern Hemisphere being in Spring, as wildflowers and gardens bloom.

Tonight’s Flower Moon the last of four supermoons lighting up the sky in 2020. A supermoon happens when a moon is full and is also closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit, and it appears 7-15 percent brighter than a typical full moon.

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