‘Flower moon,’ last supermoon of 2020, will peak early Thursday

‘Flower moon,’ last supermoon of 2020, will peak early Thursday
The last supermoon of 2020, known as the "Flower Moon," will peak early Thursday morning. (NASA/Bill Dunford)

The moon will be shining brightly this week.

The final supermoon of 2020, known as the “Flower Moon,” will peak early Thursday, NASA announced.

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The moon will reach its peak at 6:45 a.m. EDT, NASA said in a news release.

The full moon comes two days after the lunar satellite reaches perigee, or the closest point to Earth in its orbit, according to Space.com.

Astrologer Richard Nolle is credited with coining the term “supermoon” in 1979, NASA said. A supermoon occurs when a new or full moon occurs within 90% of perigee.

The full moon in May was dubbed the “Flower Moon” by some Native American tribes during colonial times in the United States because of the large number of flowers that bloom during the month, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The Flower Moon is the last of four supermoons that have appeared this year. The others appeared in February, March and April, CBS News reported.