Stargazers in Europe, the U.K., and even North America shout be able to catch a glimpse of the 'Pink Moon' during the early hours of April 8.
You're in for a special treat next week when the sky will be illuminated with the magical phenomenon of a 'Pink Moon.' Yes, you heard it right. A 'Pink Moon' is a full moon that occurs in the month of April every year. Although the name might be a little deceiving as the Moon doesn't actually appear pink, the natural satellite will have a slightly pale orange look which is different from the usual, reports The Sun. So, get ready to feast your eyes on this beauty as it is extra special this time as it will also be a Super Moon, which is much bigger and brighter than an average full moon.
Stargazers in Europe, the U.K., and even North America shout be able to catch a glimpse of the Pink Moon during the early hours of April 8. The phenomenon gets its name from pink spring wildflowers called Wild Ground Phlox that bloom in the United States around the same time as the April's full moon. "Herb, moss pink, or wild ground phlox, is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. As the name infers, the flowers are pink in color, thus the name for April’s full moon," explains Farmer's Almanac. The fourth full moon of this year goes by several different names such as 'Egg Moon,' because of the spring egg-laying season; 'Full Fish Moon,' as this was the time that the salmon swam upstream to spawn; 'Sprouting Grass Moon,' because new grass starts appearing during this time.
This year, the moon will appear on Wednesday, April 8, which means that it falls four days before Easter Sunday, which is on April 12, according to The Telegraph. Farmer's Almanac says it will happen on April 7, 2020, at 10:35 pm EDT. Apparently, this full moon will the largest Supermoon of 2020. So, what causes this alteration in shape and display of the moon? According to the Farmer's Almanac, Supermoons are caused by the shape of the Moon's orbit, which is an ellipse or oval in shape and not a perfect circle. Every month, when the moon orbits the Earth, it reaches a point farthest from our planet called apogee and a point which is closest called perigee. So, when the Moon reaches withing 90% of perigee it will appear bigger and brighter than your average full moon. Supermoons are 7% larger and 15% brighter when compared to an average full moon, and it is surely a sight to see.
Supermoons can appear as much as 14% larger and 30% brighter than a normal full moon. Last month, a 'Worm Supermoon' illuminated the sky—one of four full moons said to reach the 90% threshold and will occur this year from February to May, according to NASA. Although the Supermoons in March and April have been considered to have tied in terms of its appearance, this month's supermoon will be 0.1% closer to the Earth than the one in March and will be 2020's brightest (0.5% brighter) and largest Supermoon!
There are 12 full moons in a year usually as one occurs every month. The one in May will be a 'Flower Moon' followed by the 'Strawberry Moon' in June, 'Thunder Moon' in July, 'Sturgeon Moon' in August, 'Full Corn Moon' in September, 'Harvest Moon' around the autumnal equinox, and 'Hunter's Moon' in October, 'Beaver Moon; in November and 'Cold Moon' in December. However, this year October will have two full moons. One will occur on October 1 and the next will appear on October 31. Whenever there are two full moons in the same month it is called a 'blue moon.' The fact that the second full moon is set to appear on Halloween makes this event once in a blue moon.