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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  • icecreambunny
    icecreambunnyWednesday, April 22, 2020 at 9:46 am
    WOW :3
    • royalqueen16th
      royalqueen16thTuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:51 pm
      Dang it, I missed it! 🌙
      • juneaala
        juneaalaTuesday, April 21, 2020 at 12:48 pm
        I loved it( it was all look cool)
        • getrekdbyat-rex
          getrekdbyat-rexTuesday, April 21, 2020 at 11:13 am
          i was probably asleep by then so i didn't see it anyways
          • rilynn_ringler
            rilynn_ringlerTuesday, April 21, 2020 at 10:37 am
            I missed it.
            • cegizeme-156955105273
              cegizeme-156955105273Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 9:11 am
              i saw it too it was awsome
              • matilda509
                matilda509Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 8:22 am
                I bet it was probably really cool. I can believe I didn´t even know about it! I was so bummed when I missed it! To the people who saw it: You were lucky!
              • greeko
                greekoTuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:38 am
                I wonder, how bright exactly it will be.
                • carlett
                  carlettThursday, April 23, 2020 at 4:26 am
                  It has happened
                • galaxycat26
                  galaxycat26Friday, April 17, 2020 at 11:57 am
                  they call it the pink moon because pink wild flowers come out right around the time the moon comes. also, THAT still doesn't make any sense anyway.
                  • chocochex
                    chocochexTuesday, April 28, 2020 at 5:10 am
                    but it's the perfect time to unleash you inner cat!
                    • icecreambunny
                      icecreambunnyMonday, May 4, 2020 at 8:38 am
                      Im allergic to cats. O.O
                      • chocochex
                        chocochexTuesday, April 28, 2020 at 5:10 am
                        wear warm pajamas!
                      • icecreambunny
                        icecreambunnyWednesday, April 22, 2020 at 9:51 am
                        doesn't it say that in the article?
                        • computer45
                          computer45Monday, April 20, 2020 at 10:54 am
                        • rekekeee
                          rekekeeeThursday, April 16, 2020 at 10:20 am
                          I didn't see the moon to well. So sad I missed it :(
                          • matilda509
                            matilda509Monday, April 20, 2020 at 8:11 am
                            Same! #sadness
                          • whatswithyou
                            whatswithyouThursday, April 16, 2020 at 7:38 am
                            I saw it. It was really bright, but not as big. I will agree with 12axoltls21 with that.