Pink supermoon seen around the world

It has been called the "pink supermoon", but Monash University astronomer Michael Brown says it won't be pink, and in fact, it might not be that super but, that doesn't mean you shouldn't look.

The moon will appear brighter and bigger in the night sky, and hopefully, no clouds and inclement weather will obscure the view.

"This full Moon will be slightly closer to the Earth (about 0.1%) than the March full Moon was, so this will be the "most super" of the full supermoons this year", said NASA.

"It will be a spectacular sight to witness as it will be (one of) the brightest and the biggest full moons of 2020, and is being widely publicised as the Pink Supermoon", the renowned astrophysicist said in a statement.

"To be honest, some of the supermoon photography out there is people playing tricks with zoom lenses ..."

Due to the optical effect known as the moon illusion, the full moon can seem huge when rising behind distant objects on the horizon.

The April full moon is also called the Grass Moon and Egg Moon. She's been taking her nieces out next to the house at night to look at the moon and notice that every day it's a little bit different, and that doing something like that with young children is a great first introduction to the night sky.

He said it's still worth venturing into your backyard or gazing at it out the window.

"You don't need to have super fancy high tech equipment, just your naked eye", he said, adding even with a camera phone you can take a decent picture of the moon when it's this size.

"If you have a decent set of binoculars or a cheap telescope, you can see craters and some of the mountains ..." Just look for a bright, moving point in the night sky! "I'm happy when I see it".



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