This is how to see the largest 'pink' supermoon of the year

Stargazers marvel at emerging pink supermoon in skies above UK

As regards what causes a supermoon, the head of the Cyprus Astronomical Society Chrysanthos Fakas that "the Moon orbits Earth in an ellipse, an orbit that brings it closer to and farther from Earth as it goes around".

It is the Pink supermoon or Super Pink Moon or the Paschal Moon. Tonight into tomorrow, the pink moon will be a mere 357,000 km from the earth.

Stargazers can expect to see the next full moon over the United Kingdom, peaking during the early hour of Wednesday at 3.35am.

Why is that, you ask?

The last supermoon was March 9 and the next one will occur on April 26, 2021.

In comments to the Cyprus News Agency, Fakas said that at the moment, the moon is approaching the Earth's periphery at the closest point for 2020.


The "pink moon" is the name given to the full moon of early spring, named for the flower Phlox subulata, a common springtime flower.

"That's where we actually get the term months", he said.

"Watch for the biggest full moon of the year to shine all night long as it beams in the east after sunset April 7, climbs highest up for the night around midnight, and sets in the west around sunrise April 8", EarthSky's Bruce McClure said.

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.

According to Time and Date, other names for this full moon include Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Hare Moon, and Egg Moon.

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