There Will Be A 'Pink Supermoon' Next Week

Katie Ramirez
April 5, 2020

Offering advice on how best to make the most of it, de Sales Marques said: "A full moon at perigee is just 7 percent larger than a regular full moon, so the difference in size is not discernible, however it does appear slightly brighter than usual".

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the moon will reach its perigee or the point in the moon's orbit nearest the Earth on Wednesday at 2:09 a.m. According to a report by CNET, the April 8 supermoon will be the biggest and brightest supermoon of this year.

A supermoon takes place when the moon is full and its orbit at its perigee point is closest to Earth.

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

An astrologer Richard Nolle had given the name "Supermoon" in 1979. 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.

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So why is this Moon called the "Pink Moon"?

As per the Farmer's almanac, other April full moon names include Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon. In general, it is called "moss pink". At this time, the moon would be at its closest distance to earth at 356,907 km away.

But what exactly is a super moon? There's no guarantee that this moment of clarity will strike on Tuesday night exactly, though, as the AstroTwins note that the effects of a full moon are typically felt one to three days before and after the moon's peak. In the northern hemisphere, April and spring go hand-in-hand - which means the April full moon usually arrives with the onset of the year's floral blooms, and with the first flowers from the pink-hued wild ground phlox specifically. Since it isn't a circle, there will always be a closest point and a farthest point.

For New Yorkers, the moon will rise at 5.46pm and will set at 7.35am on February 20, as per the U.S. Naval Observatory.

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