THE Supermoon is nearly upon us and will illuminate the skies tonight (April 7) with its shiny and larger than life appearance.
April’s Supermoon is also known as the “pink supermoon” – here we explain the meaning behind this and the reason the Moon is so bright tonight.
Why is the moon so bright tonight?
When the full Moon is at its closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit, known as the Supermoon, it appears larger in the sky.
It is this event which makes the appearance of the moon brighter and therefore more impressive.
There have been two supermoons this year, making April the third.
What is a Supermoon?
A Supermoon occurs when the full moon nearly coincides with perigee – the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its elliptic orbit, 361,885km or less.
This means it appears up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, when viewed from Earth.
Tonight’s (April 7) Supermoon will apparently be as close to Earth as 356,907km (221,772 miles).
The term Supermoon was created by astrologer Richard Nolle.
Because they occur every 29 and-a-half days, there are sometimes 13 a year – as there are in 2020.
Each month’s Full Moon has a special name.
This is because Native American tribes kept track of the months of the year by the lunar calendar.
The supermoon on April 7 is traditionally considered a “pink moon”, as it coincides with the time of year when spring flower blossoms.
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