April’s ‘pink’ supermoon will be the biggest and brightest of 2020

05 Avril, 2020, 23:12 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • The Moon's distance from Earth varies due to its elliptical orbit

According to details, a supermoon appears when the moon is especially close to Earth when it is full.

"The number of Moon names differs slightly from tribe to tribe, but many assign either 12 or 13 Full Moons to the year".

Let me start off with the bad news: No, the Super Pink Moon isn't actually pink. Here's what the April moon has going for it.

The biggest pink supermoon of 2020 is likely to appear on the night of 7th or 8th April.

A supermoon is a full moon that appears larger than other moons due to its elliptical or oval-shaped orbit, which places the moon closer to Earth. This is just a few hundred miles further than the November 2016 supermoon, which at 221,524 miles, was the closest one we have experienced in recent history. Many moon names used today come from Native American and Colonial-era sources.

The evening of Tuesday April 7 is when it'll be lighting up skies in NY and all across the US.

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For folks located Down Under, Wednesday, April 8 is when you'll want to be peering upwards. You can still look out for the Super Pink Moon during late night.

You may notice a bright star near this moon - it is Spica, the constellation Virgo's sole 1st-magnitude star. "Astronomers refer to supermoons as a perigean Full Moon". It's about 7 percent larger and 15 percent brighter than the average full moon, which generally is not as obvious to the casual viewer as the name supermoon might imply.

Ah, the first full moon of spring!

Usually, when a spectacular moon beams down from above, we'd advise city-dwellers to get as far away from light pollution as possible to get the best view.

The previous supermoon of 2020 appeared between 9 and 11 March. As for the illumination factor, its brightness can increase up to 30 percent. So it may not be enormous and as bright as the sun, but I think there's something lovely about knowing that Earth's only natural satellite is just a bit closer to the mothership.

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