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

Andy WellsFreelance Writer
Yahoo News UK

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.

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The moon sets over The O2 Arena and tall buildings in east London.
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The Flower Moon, which is the last supermoon of 2020, is pictured above Staffordshire.
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The beach as the moon rises over Worthing Pier in West Sussex, ahead of the final supermoon of the year.
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The moon rises over Worthing Pier in West Sussex, ahead of the final supermoon of the year.
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The moon rises over Worthing Seafront Beacon in West Sussex.
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Horses graze as the full moon sets above Manchester city centre.
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The full moon, known in May as the Flower Moon, above Manchester city centre.
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A bird sits in front of the supermoon as it rises above central London.
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Stargazers in central London were treated to the bright moon as it rose over the capital.
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The Flower Moon is seen 99% full as it rises behind Victoria Tower on Castle Hill in Huddersfield.
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The moon rises behind Victoria Tower on Castle Hill in Huddersfield.
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The moon appears pink as it sets over a house in Bamburgh, Northumberland.
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The moon sets over a house in Bamburgh, Northumberland, ahead of the final supermoon of the year.
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The super moon nestles between the skyscrapers of central London.
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The moon rises behind a pod of the London Eye, ahead of the final supermoon of the year.
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