Final super moon of 2020 rises Thursday night

Super Worm Moon over Mt. Elbert
Posted at 10:22 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 12:22:48-04

Are you ready to see the last super moon of 2020?

The "Super Flower Moon" set to rise Thursday night will be the fourth, and final super moon of the year!

What is a super moon?

Super Moon vs Full Moon Comparison
The size of a super moon compared to a typical full moon

A super moon, also known as a perigee moon to astronomers, is a term for the full moon at its closest point to Earth.

When compared to a regular moon, a super moon only looks slightly bigger and brighter.

Super Moon vs Micromoon
Full moon at perigee vs apogee

The more dramatic effect is comparing the moon at its perigee (closest point to earth), to the apogee (farthest point from earth).

Best times to see the super moon:
The best times to see the super moon will be when it's close to the horizon.

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Moon rise and Moon set times for the Super Moon Thursday, 5/7/2020

You'll want to be looking out on the east southeast side of Colorado Springs or Pueblo Thursday night right around 8:32 pm to see the moon come over the horizon.

As the moon rises above the horizon, it will likely have a darker orange hue, followed by a brilliant white color as it climbs higher in the sky overnight.

When is the next super moon?

Full Worm Moon.jpg
Past Full Worm Moon over Colorado

We'll have to wait about a year for the next super moon!

April 21st, 2021 will be the next time a full moon swings around to its closest point to Earth.