Pink Supermoon Dominated Skies Over The UK Last Night

08 Avril, 2020, 19:25 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Supermoon coming to our skies tomorrow could be the perfect distraction from lockdown

The largest, brightest supermoon of 2020 rose in the night sky on Tuesday over hushed cities, stilled factories and countries in lockdown due to the novel coronavirus that has killed tens of thousands worldwide, reported Reuters.

A supermoon will be visible in Australian skies this evening and Brad Tucker from the Australian National University says it's the flawless opportunity to shake off your isolation blues.

'The moon's orbit isn't ideal, it's more like an ellipsis, ' Mr Tucker said.

When there is a New Moon around the closest point to Earth, it is known as a Super New Moon.

Supermoon shines over the Reichstag Building on April 07, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. It was best viewed in the United Kingdom at around 3.35am this morning but was visible from dusk.

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Mr Tucker said because the full moon will be at its closest point to Earth it will appear to be brighter and fuller than normal.

If a Full Moon happens to coincide within 90 percent of the lunar perigee, we witness a handsome Supermoon. Earlier today (April 7), at 2:08 p.m. EDT (1808 GMT), the moon was about 221,772 miles (356,907 kilometers) away from Earth, the closest it will be all year, according to Space.com, a Live Science sister site.

While there is a difference in brightness and apparent size, Mr Tucker said the supermoon like the one tomorrow is more of an illusion than a scientific phenomenon and it's our brains that make it look so special.

Last month we saw the Worm Moon, and was around seven percent larger-looking than usual.

Mr Tucker said Wednesday night is the ideal opportunity to get a reprieve from isolation and marvel at the moon.

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