Thursday, 02 July, 2020

Tuesday's "supermoon" will be the largest and brightest full Moon this year

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Sandy Nunez | 29 June, 2020, 04:13

The Super Pink Moon was the biggest and brightest full moon of the year.

At its fullest, the moon will be 221,855 miles away, making it appear larger and more brilliant. A full moon at perigee is called a supermoon (right, taken on August 9, 2014), at apogee, a minimoon (left, taken on February 3, 2015). It's something that we can share globally.

On Wednesday night Australians will be able to see the biggest and brightest moon of the year. According to NASA, it's used by the media today to describe what astronomers would call a perigean full moon: a full moon occurring near or at the time when the moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth.

The pink supermoon seen from Bintan Island in Indonesia on Tuesday.

Sarah Jones, who took a photo of the moon from her back garden in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire, said: "The moon is one of my favourite things to take photos of, especially when its full".

When this occurs, the moon will appear around 30% brighter and 15% larger than when the moon is at its furthest point from the Earth. That's the closest the Moon will be to Earth all year, so this supermoon is the one you definitely won't want to miss.

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Supermoon, which will a little larger than the usual full moon, will be visible from India in the evening of April 8, M P Birla Planetarium Director Debiprasad Duari said.

It's a special occasion, but the change in size and brightness isn't dramatic enough for some people to even notice the difference.

The pink part of its name is derived from the Phlox subulata flowers that bloom in April in the U.S. and Canada, so we're sorry to say the moon will not, in fact, be pink. These names are often dreamt up by various groups and many of them have little to no significance.

Unfortunately, not everyone will be lucky enough to actually witness tonight's Super Pink Moon.

Did you get a glimpse of the sky in Vancouver last night?