Full Moon 2020 India: What time is the Super Flower Moon? How to watch the Supermoon

Tonight’s Full Moon is the Full Flower, Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon. But stargazers are in for an additional treat because it is the last Supermoon of the year. Supermoons can appear up to 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger, making tonight’s spectacle one you do not want to miss.

The US space agency NASA said: “The term ‘Supermoon’ was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 and refers to either a New or Full Moon that occurs within 90 percent of perigee, its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.

“Under this definition, in a typical year there can be three or four Full Supermoons in a row and – about half-a-year apart – three or four New Supermoons in a row.

“In practice, what catches the public’s attention are the Full Moons that appear biggest and brightest each year.”

In 2020, the four Full Moons from February to May fit the bill of a Supermoon.


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What time is the Super Flower Moon in India tonight?

The Moon will reach peak illumination at about 4.15pm IST (10.45am UTC) today.

The Full Moon will peak when the Moon positions itself across from the Sun.

Unfortunately, this will happen with the Moon still below the horizon.

Depending on where you live, the Full Moon will creep over the horizon at a different time.

All times are given in India Standard Time (IST):

Bangalore – 6.39pm in the east-southeast.

Chennai – 6.28pm in the east-southeast.

Hyderabad – 6.40pm in the east-southeast.

Jaipur – 7.04pm in the east-southeast skies.

Kolkata – 6.05pm in the east-southeast.

Mumbai – 7.06pm in the east-southeast skies.

New Delhi – 7pm in the east-southeast skies.

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How to watch the Supermoon tonight?

With the coronavirus still running rampant, you might want to watch the Supermoon from the comfort of your home tonight.

The good news is there are a few options for you to pick from.

You can join the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy tonight at midnight (6.30pm UTC) here on Express.co.uk.

Hosted by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi on YouTube, the stream will follow the Supermoon as it passes over the picturesque skyline of Rome.

Dr Masi said: “We hope to bring to you, at home, the beauty of the sky, during these hard times we are living all together.”

Alternatively, on Wednesday, robotic telescope service Slooh tracked the Full Moon live on YouTube and you can relive it for free.

The stream featured guest astronomers and lunar experts who discussed the science behind the phenomenon.

Slooh said: “This particular Full Flower Moon occurs when the Moon is closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit, making it a Supermoon.

“Officially, the phenomenon is called a ‘perigee-syzygy Moon’, but we prefer Supermoon.”

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