This year’s biggest moon or a super moon is set to appear on April 7th, 2020.
A super moon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is at its closest distance (perigee) to the earth, i.e., 356,907 km. This will be the biggest and brightest full moon of 2020.
A full moon in April is called a Pink Moon – the name originates from the native American tradition of naming full moon according to seasons. Though called a ‘Pink Moon’, the colour of the moon won’t appear pink or any hue of pink. Its name is associated with the blooming of pink wildflowers called creeping phlox or moss phlox in early spring.
The supermoon will have its usual golden hue at the horizon and will be white and the brightest as it moves overhead. Don’t expect a dramatic increase in the size of the moon. The moon will only be 7% bigger than the average-size full moon. But, it will be 15% brighter than usual. The peak illumination will be at 10:35 PM EDT. The Moon Perigee occurs at 2:08 PM (afternoon) and the full moon at 10:35 PM EDT.
The best time to watch the super pink moon is just after moonrise on Tuesday, April 7th and just before moonset on Wednesday, April 8th. Even if most of us as staying at home these days, there’s still a good chance of seeing this spectacular phenomenon. If you have an east-facing (north-east) window/balcony with a clear view of the sky, you can a good view of the moonrise. Though not as spectacular, people with west-facing windows can catch the moonset the following morning.