Biggest and brightest 'supermoon' of the year to rise tonight

Katie Ramirez
June 29, 2020

On Wednesday night Australians will be able to see the biggest and brightest moon of the year.

It will appear 17 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than a normal full moon, says NASA scientist Noah Petro, who is encouraging people to enjoy the site while keeping safe during the coronavirus pandemic. It simply means the April full moon and it will probably still be silver or yellow-tinged in the sky.

If the moon is within 10% of its closest distance to the earth at the moment of full moon, it is considered to be a super moon, according the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. It's something that we can share globally.

The full moon of April is often called the Pink Moon, and tonight's Pink Moon will be the closest the Moon will be to Earth during a full moon all year.

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The term "supermoon" was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle. "When we see the moon next to a tree or a mountain or a plane flying in front of it, we certainly get a perception of it being very big".

A supermoon means it'll be at its closest to Earth in its orbit, making it appear a litter brighter and larger than usual - and last night, it was handsome.

The "pink moon" is the name given to the full moon of early spring, named for the flower Phlox subulata, a common springtime flower. If you happen to be particularly sensitive to such things, you'll know it, but otherwise, it's just a neat sight and a reason to gaze skyward. Despite its appearance in some photos, the moon doesn't actually turn pink - it's just a haze in some areas.

Did you get a glimpse of the sky in Vancouver last night? Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today, Time.com, and countless other web and print outlets.

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