'Full-flower supermoon' rises on world starting to emerge from pandemic lockdowns

Reuters

Posted at May 08 2020 10:21 AM | Updated as of May 08 2020 10:26 AM

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The full moon, also known as the Supermoon or Flower Moon, rises above the Camlica Mosque during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Istanbul, Turkey, May 7, 2020. Umit Bektas, Reuters

The Supermoon rises over the city of Caracas in an astronomical event that occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual, in Caracas, Venezuela May 7, 2020. Manaure Quintero, Reuters

The full moon is seen behind the skyscrapers on the London skyline, also known as the Supermoon or Flower Moon, London, Britain, May 7, 2020. Hannah McKay, Reuters

The last "supermoon" of 2020 rose in the night sky on Thursday over a world beginning to re-emerge after weeks of coronavirus-related lockdowns.

The supermoon phenomenon occurs when the moon is within 10 percent of its closest distance to the Earth at the full moon. May's full moon - at the height of the Northern Hemisphere spring - is also called a "flower moon" - hence Thursday's "full-flower supermoon."

The year's 2 previous supermoons occurred in March and April.

Clouds over much of Europe and Asia obscured views of the moon, which appears slightly larger than usual - and the streets remained relatively quiet, with many countries still imposing coronavirus-related restrictions.

But from Hong Kong to Jerusalem to Caracas, some locals donned masks and ventured out to take photos of the celestial spectacle.