Treat Yourself to a Physically Distant Viewing of Tonight's Pink Supermoon

Katie Ramirez
November 14, 2020

A supermoon occurs when the moon is closer to us than usual, resulting in it looking noticeably larger in the night sky.

During this coronavirus pandemic, the moon may offer a welcome distraction and reason to stare at the sky, at a safe distance from others.

Supermoons typically appear about six to seven per cent larger and 16 per cent brighter than a normal full moon.

But this is the brightest supermoon of the year most visible on 7 April in Cyprus at 9.15 pm. According to NASA, it's used by the media today to describe what astronomers would call a perigean full moon: a full moon occurring near or at the time when the moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth.

The moon will be the brightest and biggest of 2020, due to the fact it is the closest to the Earth it will get this year.

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The moon will make this close pass to Earth at 2:08 p.m.

Despite its name, there is no actual colour change to the appearance of the lunar surface - it is a Northern Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower, which starts to pop up in the U.S. and Canada at the beginning of spring. The Old Farmers' Almanac said that full moon names in our part of the world date back to the Native Americans who lived in the northern and eastern USA.

Every year, there are about 12 to 13 full moons (depending on the year) and all of them have a name.

Delaney says the April supermoon is referred to as a "pink" moon because of pink wildflowers which bloom in the spring.

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