The Flower SuperMoon 2020: the last SuperMoon of the year – online observation – 7 May 2020

Next 7 May, we will have the fourth Supermoon of 2020, the Flower SuperMoon, the last one of the year. At Virtual Telescope we will share the show with you from Rome, admiring our satellite rising above the horizon.

The Flower SuperMoon 2020: poster of the event

The Flower SuperMoon 2020: poster of the event

The Supermoon is back for the 4nd and last time this year, to celebrate the Flower full Moon. The Virtual Telescope Project will bring to you the show of this Supermoon while it rises and shines above the legendary skyline of Rome.

Join our free, live webcast: you just need a computer/tablet/smartphone and a internet connection. We will admire our satellite rising above the breathtaking skyline of Rome, the Eternal City. It will be an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the largest Supermoon of the year with us!

The online, free session is scheduled for 7 May, starting at 18:30 UT.

To join, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

Here they are a few comments about the Supermoon by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, PhD, founder and Director of the Virtual Telescope Project. He will guide you during the upcoming live feed!

“Supermoon is a popular term indicating a full Moon or a new Moon happening when our satellite is close to its perigee, that is its minimum distance from the Earth. The term itself is of no scientific value: astronomers prefer to call it perigee full Moon, but undoubtedly “Supermoon” is by far a much more charming name”.

“Observing the sky from the city is extremely important to rise awareness about the light pollution issue. The Supermoon offers us a great opportunity to look up and discover the sky. Showing the stunning beauty up there, feeding the desire to enjoy it more and better, understating why it is disappearing from our cities, it is possible to involve people and spontaneously promote responsible actions and behaviours in using artificial light”.

“The May 2020 “Supermoon” will appear a bit brighter and bigger than an average full Moon, but casual stargazers will not recognize this at their first glance, these are not really obvious variations, but this adds charm to the event, a precious opportunity to admire our natural satellite in the night sky context, an increasingly overlooked and forgotten landscape”.

“The show of the full Moon (and of course of the “Supermoon”) offers its best when our satellite rises or sets, which happens at sunset and at dawn, respectively (the full Moon shines in the sky on the opposite direction respect to the Sun, so it rises at sunset and sets at dawn). During the twilight, the residual solar light scattered all around by our atmosphere allows us to admire the scenery, while the full Moon rises or falls on the horizon. At night, the full Moon is very bright, almost dazzling, compared to the darkness of the landscape. At its rise, the Moon appears behind monuments and elements of the landscape, generating the feeling that its disk is larger than usual, but this is just an optical illusion, due to the presence of those terrestrial elements on the line of sight, giving grounds for comparison”.

“Seeing the full Moon, especially when “super” rising above Rome is a unique emotion: our satellite hangs above the legendary skyline of the Eternal City, with its glorious monuments, adding their magic to the experience”.

To join the Supermoon live feed, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

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