Pink supermoon to light up the night sky

Pink supermoon to light up the night sky

At this time, the full moon will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

Unfortunately, the Moon does not actually appear pink during the Pink Moon.

What Is A Super Moon?

Despite the pink reference, tonight's super moon will not be sporting a pastel pink hue (sorry, folks), but rather its regular, golden tone.

So why the pink moniker?

It is linked to the date of Easter, which falls on the Sunday after the full moon that appears after the spring equinox.

Despite what the last picture from Punta Gorda shows, the moon is not called the pink moon because it turns pink; it's just the name for the full moon in the month of April, named after pink flowers that bloom this time of year.

039;Pink supermoon' glows over Greece
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The term "Supermoon", was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, referring to either a new or full moon that occurs when the Moon's complete phase coincides within 90% of perigee - its closest approach to Earth.

As early as this morning, however, we had gorgeous views of the moon.

This means that during its 27-day orbit, it reaches its furthest and closest points relative to our planet.

Here's the kicker though - while it does at least seem bigger to our untrained gaze, its size doesn't actually increase at all.

Some experts argue that this size difference is negligible to the casual observer but that hasn't stopped super moon mania from gripping the star-gazing community in recent years. And well, it looks pretty grand! However, it's worth noting that a normal full moon is already pretty bright, so you could easily miss it if you don't spend every night staring at the moon. During a new or full moon, the Earth, Moon, and Sun are aligned in syzygy.

How can I see the moon? When the eclipse reaches totality (when the Earth's shadow completely covers the moon) it will briefly appear an eerie reddish "blood" colour.

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