Flower Moon to light up skies tomorrow – and it will be 30% brighter than normal
A rare Flower Moon – which is 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent larger than a normal full moon is set to brighten up the night sky tomorrow.
Stargazers can catch the spectacular sight on Wednesday, May 26 as the moon will only be 357,462 km away from Earth.
According to Patricia Skelton, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, the best time to see the supermoon in the UK will be in the early hours of the morning on May 26, or later in the evening on the same day – after sunset.
She told Chronicle Live : “A supermoon happens when a full moon occurs at the same time, or close to the time, that the moon reaches its closest point to the Earth – a point called perigee.
“Perigee occurs at 2.51am on May 26, with full moon occurring at 12.14pm on the same day.
“The supermoon will rise in the east around half an hour after sunset and will be visible throughout the night.”
She added: “For the best views of the supermoon, wait for the moon to climb higher up into the sky.”
The event also coincides with a lunar eclipse which will see the moon turn red, but that will not be visible in the UK, Ms Skelton said.
She said: “People viewing the supermoon from the western US, western parts of South America, Australia or south-east Asia will witness the supermoon turn a shade of crimson red as a lunar eclipse will be taking place on the same day.
“This change in colour is not due to a physical change taking place on the moon, but simply because the moon will drift into the shadow of the Earth.
“The Earth’s atmosphere bends light from the sun and bathes the moon in a crimson red light.
“Although UK stargazers won’t be able to see the lunar eclipse, the supermoon is still worth a look.”