Is the Full Flower Moon today (May 7) really a supermoon? It depends on who you ask.
The moon's phases are caused by changes in the amount of illumination from the moon that is visible from the Earth's surface as the moon orbits our planet each month. There are eight distinct phases every month, four of them occurring roughly a week apart. They are: the New Moon; Waxng Crescent; First Quarter (or half-full; Waxing Gibbous; Full Moon; Waning Gibbous; Last Quarter (half-full on other side); Waning Crescent. You can read definitions for these moon phases here. When the moon is full and at its closest point to the Earth in it's orbit, it is known as a "Supermoon." Lunar eclipses occur during full moons, when the moon passes through all or part of Earth's shadow. During New Moons, the moon can cover part or all of the sun's disk, creating a solar eclipse. Learn more about the moon's phases here.
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Tonight (April 7), the moon will be at its brightest and largest for the whole year during the "Super Pink Moon."
As much as I (an avid lover of all things pink) would love for the "Super Pink Moon," which comes out tonight (April 7) to actually be pink, it won't be.
Tonight (April 7), if you look up at the night sky, you'll see the "Super Pink Moon," the biggest supermoon of the year, shining big and bright.
Tonight (Jan. 28), you can catch the crescent moon make a close approach to Venus in the evening sky.
The Year of the Rat has officially begun and Google is celebrating the start of the Lunar New Year with an adorable doodle of a cartoon rat.
People across much of the planet will catch at least one of the lunar eclipses falling on May 26 and Nov. 19.
On Saturday evening (Dec. 28), a lovely crescent moon will join Venus in the twilight sky, making for an eye-catching post-Christmas celestial ornament.
Just before dawn today (Aug. 21), skywatchers will be able to spot both Uranus and the waning gibbous moon.
The moon was at the tail end of a partial lunar eclipse when it rose above the Andean horizon on Tuesday (July 16).
More than 50 people got a bird's-eye view of yesterday's (July 2) total solar eclipse aboard a special flight operated by Chile-based airline LATAM.
A gorgeous satellite photo shows the moon's dark, ragged shadow barreling across the Pacific Ocean, just south of Hurricane Barbara's churning clouds, during today's total solar eclipse.
D-Day's planners employed a solid knowledge of moon phases and tides to give the famous invasion the best chance for success 75 years ago today (June 6).
You can watch the "Blue Moon" rise live over Rome in a broadcast from the Virtual Telescope Project. Tune in today (May 18) to see the show, starting at 1:45 p.m. EDT (1745 GMT).
This year skywatchers will get to witness three supermoons in a row on Jan. 21, Feb. 19 and March 20.