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Super Pink Moon will grace the sky this week

By T.K. Randall
April 6, 2020 · Comment icon 12 comments

Is a pink supermoon really pink ? Image Credit: NASA / Sean Smith
The impressive lunar spectacle will see the Moon appear bigger and brighter than at any other time this year.
The supermoon, which is celebrated by astronomers and amateur stargazers alike, is a relatively common lunar event which takes place when a full moon occurs at its closest point to the Earth.

The reason for this is down to the elliptical nature of the Moon's orbit - when the Moon is at its closest to us this is known as the perigee and when it is furthest away this is called the apogee.

When the Sun, Moon and Earth all line up at the same time however this is known as a syzygy.

What makes this month's supermoon particularly interesting is that it is described as being a 'pink' supermoon, however this doesn't mean that it will actually appear pink in the sky.
Instead, it's name comes from the spring blossom of pink phlox flowers in North America.

The best time to watch this week's supermoon will depend on where in the world you are, however in the US the key times are moonrise on Tuesday, April 7th and moonset on Wednesday, April 8th.

The moonrise in particular promises to be particularly impressive.

It will reach peak illumination at 10:35 EDT.

Source: Forbes | Comments (12)

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Comment icon #3 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
If it's really pink, means it's Time to probe the Moon... ~
Comment icon #4 Posted by FLOMBIE 4 years ago
A blood moon really appears in a different colour, so it's not too far out there to think it might be pink. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
The Pink is the red in our eyes... The moon never changes color...  ~
Comment icon #6 Posted by FLOMBIE 4 years ago
I said it appears in a different colour, and it really does. It happens during a partial lunar eclipse, when the sun is casting light through Earth's atmosphere and onto the moon. Have you never seen a blood moon? Here is one. Looks pretty red to me!
Comment icon #7 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
Appears to be, and it appears we have a...  ~
Comment icon #8 Posted by FLOMBIE 4 years ago
You can always crack me up, mate!
Comment icon #9 Posted by MissJatti 4 years ago
Pink moon!!! We already have white moon, black moon, red moon, blood moon, hunter's moon. How many other moons are there. lol
Comment icon #10 Posted by Essan 4 years ago
Comment icon #11 Posted by seetheSeeker 4 years ago
Y�all know what that means right ?
Comment icon #12 Posted by MissJatti 4 years ago

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