A Full "Flower Moon" Is Happening This Week But People Can't Agree If It's A Supermoon
It's still a beautiful sight.
Celestial events might just be the only events still happening that you can take part in. However, when it comes to this month's full moon, there is some disagreement about how special it is. The May supermoon isn't actually considered to be one by everybody.
On May 7, the full moon for the month rises over Canada from dusk until dawn.
If there are no clouds blocking the view, it'll be nice to look at as it climbs across the night sky. Plus, you don't even have to leave your home to see it.
It gets the fun "flower" nickname because spring buds start blooming in abundance during this month.
Even though any time the celestial orb is full it makes for a spectacular sight, not everyone can agree that this particular event is a true supermoon.
According to EarthSky, this full moon won't be the biggest and brightest one of the year, that happened in April, but they say it's still officially super.
That's because the planet's natural satellite will be at its peak fullness within 90% of its closest approach to Earth.
According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, May's full moon still qualifies as something super even though it will be slightly farther away than the ones in March and April.
However, the Farmer's Almanac - not the old one - disagrees.
It believes that a supermoon happens when the celestial orb is at least 90% of the way to its perigee position at the same time it's full.
A perigee is the point in its orbit that the moon is closest to the Earth.
According to that Almanac, this month the perigee comes 31 hours before the moon turns full.
So while some believe this to be the last supermoon of the year, the Farmer's Almanac believes the one in April was truly 2020's last one.
Last month, thelit up skies across Canada and put on a spectacular show for those who got to see it.
If you couldn't see it when it happened,are just as incredible.