The Biggest And Brightest Full Moon Of 2020 Is Happening On Tuesday Night

The Biggest And Brightest Full Moon Of 2020 Is Happening On Tuesday Night

The Pink Super Moon will illuminate the night sky on Tuesday night and you simply can't miss it.

It is time to get those binoculars out because the full moon on April 7 is going to be the biggest and brightest of the year, reported Forbes. Even though it is named 'Super Pink Moon', it is not going to actually appear pink. Instead, it is named after the spring blossom of pink phlox flowers that usually accompanies April’s full moon in the US. Nonetheless, this celestial phenomenon presents stargazers an ideal opportunity to study the surface of the moon. At 2.08 PM EDT, the moon will arrive at the closest point to Earth: a distance of 356,907 kilometers away. 



According to NASA, the phenomenon of a supermoon takes place when a full moon is at its closest to the Earth. As mentioned earlier, April's supermoon will be 356,907 kilometers away from Earth, whereas the average distance of our satellite from Earth is 384,400km. So, when the full moon appears at perigee, it is slightly brighter and larger than usual, and that phenomenon is known as a Supermoon. 



This year has been a treasure trove of celestial phenomenons as we previously witnessed 'Super Worm Moon', 'Super Snow Moon', and the upcoming 'Super Pink Moon' is said to be the biggest and brightest of them all. Another reason why Supermoons appear bigger is also because they are seven percent bigger and fifteen percent brighter than usual full moons that we see. As reported by Time and Date, other names for this full moon include Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Hare Moon, and Egg Moon. 



It is also known as Paschal Moon because, in the Christian calendar, it was used to calculate the date for Easter, and the first Sunday after Paschal Moon is Easter Sunday. The best time to study the surface of the moon is not during the night of the full moon since it can be too bright to see the minute and important details. Instead, it is always better to choose a night a few days before or after the full moon. The easiest way to spot the Moon's craters is with a pair of good binoculars, more importantly, check out the younger ones since they shine brighter. 



The best time to see the “Super Pink Moon” is moonrise on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, and moonset on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. There are a lot of reasons as to why you should see the moonrise if you have a fascination with space and other celestial objects. Firstly, the moon will look quite bigger than usual. Since it will also be on the horizon, our brain will take it into context and compare it with the surroundings. Another reason to watch this Supermoon is that there is no denying its beauty will be ethereal.  



The time when the Pink Supermoon will be at its peak illumination is at 10:35 EDT. In order to view this celestial phenomenon from where you are staying, make sure to check the moonrise and moonset times for your location. If you, like most of us are cooped up at home and self-isolating to curb the spread of Coronavirus but still want to watch the Super Pink Moon, then fret not as all hope is not lost. 



Find the perfect spot from your house during the time of moonrise and wait until the moon appears in all its glory. In case you have a west-facing window, you won't be able to see the moonrise but you can see the moonset on the morning of April 8, 2020.  


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