Pink Supermoon: The Biggest and Brightest of 2020

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When to see the Full Moon in April 2020?

The Moon will reach its full phase on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 02:35 UTC (22:35 EDT). April’s Full Moon, also known as the Pink Moon, will be the second of the three Supermoons of this year. On Tuesday night and next few nights, the Moon will appear full to the eye and will shine among the stars of the constellation Virgo. The brightest constellation’s star, Spica, can be seen near the Moon.

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Pink Supermoon: The biggest and brightest of the year

A series of this year’s Supermoons started on March 9 and will end on May 7. The second in this series, April’s Supermoon, is one of the astronomical events that stargazers should not miss. The Full Moon in April will arrive with perigee and will be closer to our planet than other year’s Supermoons which makes it the biggest and the brightest Supermoon of 2020. Its distance from Earth will be 357,035 km (221,851 miles).

Why is April’s Full Moon called the Pink Moon? Is it really pink?

Known as the Pink Moon, April’s Full Moon has nothing to do with the pink color. On the night of April 7, the Moon will have its usual golden color near the horizon and fade to a bright white as it climbs higher in the sky.

Paschal Full Moon

The Pink Full Moon in April is the first Full Moon of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the Paschal Full Moon. It is the first Full Moon after the March equinox that is used in the determination of the Easter date. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon. In 2020, it is April 12th.

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