‘Pink Supermoon’ To Light Up The UK Skies This Week – This Is The Best Time To See It (With A Catch) | Science & Tech News
There’ll be a bigger and brighter “pink supermoon” in the night sky this week, but there’s a catch: the moon isn’t actually going to be pink.
The April full moon is called “pink” because in spring the phlox flower blooms in bright shades of this color.
And this year it’s also a supermoon when it’s closest to our planet in orbit – which helps make it look about 14% bigger and 30% brighter.
Anna Ross, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, said: “The average distance of the moon from Earth is 384,400 km, but the moon will reach its closest point this lunar month on April 27th (this Tuesday) at 4:24 pm when it will be 357,379 km away.
“The exact time of the full moon that is closest to this point – the supermoon – is also on April 27, but at 4.31 am.
“This means that the best time to see this supermoon is anytime on the night of April 27th – when the moon rises just before sunset in the east and sets around sunrise in the west.”
Ms. Ross added, “A supermoon is the result of a full moon that occurs when the moon is in its orbit near its closest point.
“This can happen because the moon orbits the earth in an elliptical rather than a circular path.
“Since this means that the moon is a little closer to us, it appears a little larger in the sky.”
You won’t have to wait long if you miss this one – the next supermoon will be visible in May.