Look at tonight's pink supermoon, the brightest of the year
By Angela Garrity, Guest Blogger
Spring is surrounded by soft, pastel colors and the supermoon happening this week fits right in. Get ready to experience the Pink Moon on Tuesday night, which will be the biggest supermoon of the year.
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This April full moon is more closely coincides with lunar perigee — the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit — than any other full moon in the year 2020, according to EarthSky.
NASA explains on its website that the Tuesday moon will be at perigee, at 2:08 pm EDT on April 7. The moon will be full at 10:35 pm EDT that day.
The April full moon is known as the pink moon, on account of the herb moss pink, also known as wild ground phlox, according to NASA. In the eastern U.S., the herb moss pink is one of the earliest widespread flowers of Spring, the space agency explains, on its website.
“Other names for this Moon include the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Fish Moon, as this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn,” NASA reports.
Skygazers get ready to walk outside and enjoy the gift that the universe has presented for thine eyes. The March supermoon (Worm Moon) was a spectacular sight to see, but this one is going to appear bigger and it’s going to be pink.
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