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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287 Comments
  • am-olm1
    am-olm1Friday, May 1, 2020 at 8:50 pm
    Amazing!
    • 1harrypotterfan
      1harrypotterfanFriday, May 1, 2020 at 6:37 pm
      I missed it
      • mandalaqueen
        mandalaqueenWednesday, April 29, 2020 at 5:11 pm
        I saw the 2017 one but missed that one.
        • madrach000
          madrach000Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 2:28 pm
          yay!
          • uniowl27
            uniowl27Friday, April 24, 2020 at 2:19 pm
            That is so cool 😎!
            • mermicorn1000
              mermicorn1000Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 2:19 pm
              Awww I missed it too. Wonder when the next one will be???🤔
              • ive-loveyou
                ive-loveyouThursday, April 23, 2020 at 9:13 am
                i miss it all
                • lolipoperz
                  lolipoperzThursday, April 23, 2020 at 7:47 am
                  Cool
                  • carlett
                    carlettThursday, April 23, 2020 at 4:24 am
                    eye missed it
                    • ive-loveyou
                      ive-loveyouThursday, April 23, 2020 at 9:13 am
                      sorry you missed it i did too
                      • memer09
                        memer09Friday, May 1, 2020 at 6:49 am
                        same here
                  • icecreambunny
                    icecreambunnyWednesday, April 22, 2020 at 9:46 am
                    WOW :3