‘Pink Supermoon’ to be visible on April 8

This month's full moon will be the biggest and brightest of 2020, as it coincides with the lunar perigee where the moon's orbit most closely approaches Earth.

In Spain, where the virus is still raging and 743 people died in the last day to take the death toll to nearly 14,000, residents of the capital Madrid clapped for health workers from their balconies and windows beneath the super moon.

The moon, however, will not actually look pink unless it's covered by an opaque pink cloud or haze. During these events, the Moon can appear significantly larger in the night sky, and up to 15% brighter than a standard full moon. With the three full supermoons with April-May and another set of three within September-November, the year gives us a visual treat on skywatching. It has become an increasingly more popular and media-friendly term in the decades since then. A supermoon appears especially impressive.

The next full moon is referred to as the Flower Moon, which takes place on 7 May.

"Whether your hunkered down in your home in central England, or you're hunkered down in your home in suburban Washington DC, or in south-east Asia, you'll be able to see ultimately the same moon".

Why is it called a "pink" supermoon?

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The pink moon is also a supermoon.

The pink part of its name is derived from the Phlox subulata flowers that bloom in April in the United States and Canada, so we're sorry to say the moon will not, in fact, be pink. The wildflower is commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox - and also goes by the name "moss pink".

Each full moon has its own name, from January's wolf moon to December's cold moon.

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