STUNNING images of the biggest and brightest Full Moon of the year were captured this morning.
Perigee — the point at which the Moon is closest to the Earth — was at 2.51am with Full Moon at 12.14pm.
The Super Flower Moon over misty Stonehenge this morningCredit: Reuters
The Supermoon in Sydney on May 26Credit: AP
The reddish Supermoon has already been spotted over AustraliaCredit: Getty
May’s Full Moon is called a Flower Moon and is also a Blood Moon because it will go into a total lunar eclipse over certain countriesCredit: Getty
The Supermoon over BlackpoolCredit: Bav Media
The “Flower Moon” is the second of two consecutive Supermoons, so called because of its appearance around spring.
Although it peaked this morning, you’ll still be able to see it looking huge in the early evening.
It will appear to be 30% brighter and 14% larger than previous full moons.
The “Supermoon” can also be seen in St Petersburg, Russia and Istanbul, Turkey.
The Supermoon will look large this evening tooCredit: Getty
This supermoon, seen over Lancashire, will be the biggest and brightest of 2021Credit: Bav Media
The supermoon, which is also a Blood Moon, visible in Istanbul, TurkeyCredit: Getty
The May supermoon can also be seen in St Petersburg, RussiaCredit: AP
In parts of Australia and parts of the Americas, stargazers will also be able to catch a glimpse of a total lunar eclipse – or ‘Blood Moon’ – but those in the UK won’t be so lucky.
Time and Date is live-streaming the event on YouTube on Wednesday at 5:30am ET (10:30am BST).
You’ll probably spot some other space channels doing similar things.
Astro-snappers have said one of the best spots in the UK to watch the supermoon will be in Primrose Hill, north London.
Both Greenwich Park and Crystal Palace’s Westow Hill in south-east London are great places to watch the lunar sensation.
Why is it called a Flower Moon?
May’s Full Moon is traditionally called a Flower MoonCredit: PA
This month’s full Moon is called the Flower Moon because it signifies spring.
Nasa explains: “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.”
What is a Supermoon?
May’s Supermoon over the Borgo di Castelfranco in ItalyCredit: Rex
A Supermoon appears when a full Moon aligns with the point closest to the Earth during its elliptical orbit.
During this time it appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.
It wasn’t until 1979 that Richard Nolle first defined the Supermoon, which is now a widely-used term.
The astrologer explained that the phenomenon is “a new or full Moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit”.
Based on Nolle’s theory, the moon would have to be around 226,000 miles away from the Earth to be considered “super”.
Because of its relatively close proximity to the Earth, the celestial body’s surface appears a lot bigger when a Supermoon occurs.
What is a Blood Moon?
A Blood Moon happens when the Earth’s orbit leads it in between the Sun and the Moon so the Sun’s rays are blocked and don’t reach the Moon.
Nasa explains: “When this happens, the only light that reaches the Moon’s surface is from the edges of the Earth’s atmosphere.
“The air molecules from Earth’s atmosphere scatter out most of the blue light.
“The remaining light reflects onto the Moon’s surface with a red glow, making the Moon appear red in the night sky.”