April Supermoon 2020: Get ready to watch the brightest lunar event of 2020
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The biggest and brightest supermoon also known as the pink supermoon or Paschal full moon is all set to take place during the first week of April. It will fill the night sky with bright and luminous light to mark the beginning of spring. The word Paschal is derived from the Greek word 'passover' chosen because the pink supermoon is the first full moon to take place after the spring equinox.
Even though it is called pink supermoon, the moonlight won't actually be pink. It will look golden orange when it will reach its peak. The pink label was chosen as a reference to wildflower 'phlox sabulata' which has a vivid pink colour and is a common sight during the spring season.
Usually, a pink supermoon is only witnessed only once every year. The phenomena occurs when the moon is at the closest point to earth-- known as perigee. When a full moon is around a perigee, it looks brighter and larger than regular moon.
There is a lot happening in the sky this month, such as:
Venus appearing inside a star cluster
The planetary quartet of Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the Moon
A Supermoon on April 7
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April 1, 2020
On April 8, the 'Super Pink Moon' will be 356,907 km from Earth. The distance will be reduced by up to 27,493 kilometers. The average distance between Earth-moon is 384,400 km. The supermoons will be between seven to 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter.
Supermoons are a rare sight because the moon's orbital path is elliptical and not circular.
The majority of full moons occur when it is far away from earth, make it dimmer and not as big as supermoon.
According to a report published in Dailymail, the pink supermoon is set to reach it's at 2.35 am (GMT) on April 8. People in India may not be able to watch the phenomena as it will be daylight but they can surely watch live pictures online on TV and smartphones. The best thing is to wait until the sun has set and the sky gets dark.
Posted By: James Kuanal