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% 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 two 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.