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The moon sets over The O2 Arena and tall buildings in east London.


In pictures: Spectacular final supermoon of the year 2020 graces UK skies

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

Britain has been greeted by the final supermoon of the year, providing a spectacular sight to stargazers.

The full moon in May is also known as the "flower moon", signifying the flowers that bloom during the month.

The celestial event was visible early in the morning and is again expected after sunset on Thursday as the moon rises in the south-east.

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A supermoon is a full moon or new moon that coincides with the point closest to Earth in its elliptic orbit.

The term was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979. A supermoon is about 6% larger than a typical full moon and around 14% bigger than a micromoon, which is when the moon is at its furthest point from Earth.

The next supermoon will be visible in April 2021.