The Biggest Supermoon Of The Year Will Be On Full Display Next Week
While we’ve already seen a handful of supermoons so far this year, the “Super Pink Moon,” the brightest full moon of the year will light up the skies this coming Wednesday, 8 April.
According to EarthSky, a supermoon occurs when the moon’s elliptical orbit brings it to the closest it can be on Earth when the moon is full—and the Super Pink Moon is set to come the closest to the Earth this year, meaning it will also be the largest.
“That’s because this full moon more closely coincides with lunar perigee—the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly obit—than any other full moon in the year 2020,” the website explains.
Note that the Super Pink Moon won’t actually look very pink—in fact, it was named for its correspondence with the springtime blooms of certain wildflowers native to North America.
What you’ll see in a moonset is going to be more of a golden color notably 15% brighter than a typical full moon. According to NASA, other names for this moon include the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Fish Moon.
The Super Pink Moon will be 100% illuminated on the eighth of April at 2:35 a.m. Universal Time or around 10:35 a.m. Hong Kong Standard Time. If you miss the moonset time, the supermoon will also be on view exactly 12 hours later at moonrise.
“For the best view of this lovely spring moon, find an open area and watch as the moon rises just above the horizon, at which point it will appear its biggest and take on a golden hue,” the Old Farmer’s Almanac said on its website.