We have been treated to so many amazing stargazing events in the sky above the North East this year already.

From meteor showers to the Northern Lights, there’s been a lot taking our breath away.

But what is so special about the Super Flower Moon appearing in May and where does it get its name from?

Find out the best time to see it and how to capture a photo of the full moon in all it’s glory before it disappears.

What is the Super Flower Moon?

The Super Flower Moon is the fifth full moon to appear above the North East in 2024 and is set to be the biggest and brightest so far. Let’s break down its name to find out what it means.

Over time, different cultures have given different names to full moons across the lunar calendar but where does ‘flower’ come from?

Royal Museums Greenwich explains: “Many cultures refer to May's full moon as the Flower Moon thanks to the abundant blooming that occurs as spring gets going properly.

“Other names include the hare moon, the corn planting moon, and the milk moon.”

So why is it called a 'Super' Flower Moon?

Royal Museums Greenwich adds: “The 'super' part meanwhile tells us that this full moon is due to be a 'supermoon' - when the moon appears up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter.”

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Best time to see the Super Flower Moon in the North East

The Super Flower Moon will rise in the southeast and will be visible from about 9.59pm this evening (May 23).

BBC Sky at Night Magazine says: “The moon will then work its way across the southern part of the sky, before setting in the southwest in the early hours around dawn.

“Often you'll head astronomers and stargazers saying the moon is at its worst for observation when its full, and that a crescent or gibbous phase is much better.”

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How to capture and take a picture of the Super Flower Moon

To have the best chance of photographing such a significant full moon this week in the North East, Royal Museums Greenwich advises you should choose a location that allows an unobstructed view of the moon for several hours, “and try to set up away from buildings and other sources of light”.

The website continues: “If you want to focus just on the moon, you'll need a telephoto lens or telescope.

“These aren't necessary if you're trying for more of a landscape photograph, but just remember that if you want to include specific landmarks or features then you'll need to plan ahead for the best shot.”