The Super Pink Moon, which will be the brightest and biggest full Moon of the year 2020, will be visible after sunset on April 7.
A supermoon is preparing itself for a magic show in the skies this month, so skygazers, reserve your seats for April 7.
The Super Pink Moon, which will be the first full Moon of the spring season, will glow in the night skies.
Our Moon, our satellite, will not actually become pink, so don’t let the name Super Pink Moon trick you. But it will be surreal nonetheless because this full Moon will be the biggest and brightest full Moon for this.
A supermoon comes about when the Moon is “full” and reaches perigee (the point in the orbit of the Moon at which it is nearest to the Earth). So, when a full Moon is nearest to the Earth, a supermoon occurs.
It maybe called Super Pink Moon but the satellite won’t actually be coloured pink on April 7.
According to North America’s oldest continuously published periodical Old Farmer’s Almanac, “April’s full Moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata — commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox — which also went by the name moss pink.”
Full Moon names historically have tracked seasons, just like Super Pink Moon, or April full Moon, marking the season of spring.
The April full Moon is also called Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.
Supermoons aren’t really super in size. They are called supermoons because compared to an average full Moon, supermoons appear around seven per cent bigger and 15 per cent brighter.
The Super Pink Moon will be visible after sunset on April 7. However, in India, the Super Pink Moon will reach peak illumination at 8.05 am so it will not be possible to fully see its magic in the night skies.
The last supermoon of 2020 appeared last month between 9 March to 11 March and the supermoon was popularly called Super Worm Moon – a name given because the ground begins to thaw and earthworms reappear.
Source: India Today