April's Super "Pink" Moon Will Be This Year's Biggest And Brightest Full Moon!


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The supermoon on April 7, 2020, will be this year's biggest and brightest (Credit: Lensmatter/CC-By-SA 2.0/Pixabay)

On April 7, 2020, the skies will be lit up with a Super "Pink" Moon — the brightest and biggest full moon we will encounter all year! Though Earth's natural satellite promises to be spectacular, that night, those hoping for a pink hue will be disappointed. April's full moon gets its name from pink wildflowers called phlox that bloom in early spring. Though the moniker is misleading, it is undoubtedly better than the alternative nicknames, which include sprouting grass moon, fish moon, and hare moon!

A supermoon occurs when the full moon happens full moon happens at the same time as lunar perigee (Credit: KQED.org)

Supermoons, which are usually about seven percent bigger and 15 percent brighter than the average full moon, occur when the full moon coincides with lunar perigee — the Moon's closest point to Earth in its orbit. On April 7, 2020, the moon will be about 221,773 miles (356,909 km) away from Earth. This is just a few hundred miles further than the November 2016 supermoon, which at 221,524 miles (356,508 km), was the closest distance we have experienced in recent history.

The Moon's distance from Earth varies due to its elliptical orbit (Credit:JPL.NASA.gov)

The distance between the Moon and Earth varies because of the satellite's oval orbit, which brings it closer to and farther from Earth as it goes around. The farthest point in this ellipse, called the apogee, takes the moon approximately 253,000 miles (407,164 km) away from Earth. In contrast, during perigee, the Moon generally comes to within 226,000 miles (363, 711 km) of Earth.

Though some people believe that a supermoon's proximity results in earthquakes and tidal waves, scientists have found no correlation. They recommend using the rare opportunity of a supermoon to capture and share spectacular pictures and to reflect on how fortunate we all are to be living on this beautiful planet.

Resources: NASA.gov, earthsky.org

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  • luna_moonwolf
    luna_moonwolfFriday, January 29, 2021 at 12:30 pm
    this is cool i just loveeee moons so i love this moon
    • unipug2
      unipug2Friday, December 18, 2020 at 5:14 pm
      I saw a pink moon once. it was beautiful. Kinda pink. I love pink moons because I love pink.
      • snowglobe10
        snowglobe10Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:43 am
        Omg, I wish I saw it!
        • i-wolfy87
          i-wolfy87Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 11:12 am
          I was too! I was born April 16 though.
          • kaylyns
            kaylynsFriday, October 9, 2020 at 7:41 am
            I was born in April!
            • cobraqueen
              cobraqueenMonday, October 5, 2020 at 2:37 pm
              (shuders) scary
              • l-wolfy
                l-wolfyFriday, September 25, 2020 at 3:48 pm
                COOL 😎😎😎
                • chacewolfdragon
                  chacewolfdragonTuesday, September 1, 2020 at 6:44 pm
                  it is pretty cool bit i want to see a moon that is made of cheese
                  • katnisseverden
                    katnisseverdenTuesday, February 16, 2021 at 8:34 pm
                    You know their is no such thing a a cheese moon, right?
                  • s_a_m_a_l_a
                    s_a_m_a_l_aMonday, June 1, 2020 at 11:46 am
                    This is cool
                    • tatercandy
                      tatercandyTuesday, May 26, 2020 at 3:02 pm
                      There's a red moon, blue moon, yellow moon, and a orange moon. Now a pink moon?! What is next a green moon?!