This April we are supposed to get the biggest, brightest supermoon of the year: the Super Pink Moon. It is set to be in the sky on the evening of Tuesday, April 7th until it sets early the following morning. We know 2020 hasn’t gotten off to a good start (and that’s putting it very mildly), but at least this year we have some pretty neat astronomical events to look forward to, 13 Full Moons, 2 Super Moons, and 1 Blue Moon.
What is a Super Pink Moon
Before you get your hopes too high, we must clarify: No, the moon will not appear with a pink hue. It got this name because this phenomenon appears at the same time of year as the blooming of the wildflower Phlox subulata, also known as “moss pink” for its beautiful pink color. (1)
What makes a Supermoon, super?
A supermoon is a full moon that appears larger and brighter than normal. The key word here is appears – the moon is actually bigger, it just looks that way because it is closer to the earth. This is also why it is brighter. (2)
On average, the moon is 384,400km away from Earth. Due to the egg-shaped pattern in which the moon orbits the earth, the super pink moon on Tuesday will be at the closest point in its orbit to us, only 356,907km away. (2)
Super Pink Moon Details
The Super Pink Moon will appear on Tuesday, April 7th for North Americans. It will appear around 10:30 pm eastern time, or around 2:35 am universal time, however, you can still see it if you get up early enough in the morning as the moon sets twelve hours later. (1, 2)
How to capture its beauty on film
If you want to take a photo of the super pink moon that truly captures its beauty, don’t just use your cellphone. Use the largest lense for your camera that you have, a tripod to avoid shaky, out-of-focus shots, and put your camera on a timer. The camera will click away on its own, giving you time to sit back and take in the gorgeous moon in real-time. (1)
All that’s left to do now is cross your fingers for a clear night’s sky and wait for Tuesday!
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