Astronomy Ireland has urged the public to look East to catch the last supermoon of the year visible in Irish skies on Friday night.
Otherwise known as the Corn Planting Moon or the Milking Moon, the Flower Moon is expected to be visible at 10:50pm on Friday night.
The Flower Moon – which was also visible in Irish skies on Thursday night – is named as such because this is the time of year that the world’s flowers begin to bloom in earnest.
According to The Almanac, it was dubbed such by the Algonquin tribes and adopted by the early Colonists in North-Eastern America.
“This is certainly a time for floral abundance in the countryside and gardens,” the book explains.
“The bees and butterflies will be out pollinating the flowers and making the most of the abundant nectar in the daytime, just as the moths will do at night.”
A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the perigee or its closest approach to Earth. This means that the moon will appear bigger and brighter than usual in the night sky.
According to Astronomy Ireland, Friday night's moon will be one of the closest of the year.
There will also be a second phenomenon known as ‘The Moon Illusion’ which makes the already bloated full moon look even bigger to the human eye.
For those who are astrologically inclined, however, moonologist Yasmin Boland has suggested that Taureans, Cancerians, Virgos, Scorpios, Capricorns, and Pisceans will find this an extremely positive time.
For more information, check out her website here.
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