This April 7, 2020, will see mankind witness the Pink Supermoon, the largest supermoon of the year. The moon will be located closer to Earth and will look pretty massive shining in the night sky.
Next Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the Earth’s satellite will reach its perigee, that is, the point of the closest orbit to Earth. This means that the Moon will look bigger and brighter than normal, and light up the darkness of the night sky with its bright light. Although the astronomical event is commonly known as the pink moon, the Moon isn’t really going to turn pink.
In reality, the phenomenon receives that name because it coincides with the period of the year in which the pink phlox flowers bloom. This coincides with the closest supermoon of the year. Supermoon’s take place where the elliptical orbit of the Earth’s satellite brings it to the closest point to the Earth while the Moon is full. The word “supermoon” was coined in 1979, as revealed by NASA.
“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.”
According to astronomers, the 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.
As revealed by the Old Farmer’s Almanac, “For the best view of this lovely spring Moon, find an open area and watch as the Moon rises just above the horizon, at which point it will appear its biggest and take on a golden hue!.”
This year has been quite a stunner for astronomer and stargazers. In February we witnessed the Full Moon or shown moon as a supermoon and the March Full Moon or Worm Moon, which was also a supermoon.
This April 7, 2020, the Earth’s Moon will be at its closest point to the planet all years, which means it will appear up to 30% larger than it looks like when it is located at its furthest point from our planet.
This will be the largest supermoon of the year and luckily for us, it is the easiest astronomical phenomenon to see, so make sure you go outside and observe the Moon in its full might, as it shines with its magical glow stronger than it will the remainder of the year.
But besides the Supermoon on April 7, 2020, there are quite a few astronomical events to look out for. Between April 22 and 23, we will be able to witness the Lyrids Meteor Shower. In mid-to-late July, the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars will appear closer in the sky over several nights, so spotting them should be very easy. Jupiter is expected to shine the brightest. Another astronomical event to look out for will take place on August 12-13 when we will have a chance to see the Perseids Meteor Shower. Later this year on December 21 the Great Conjunction will take place: Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer that night when the planets will appear to form a single, bright planet. This phenomenon occurs every 20 or 30 years.