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A super ‘pink moon’ will be visible in the sky this week

Find out when to gaze out your window or snuggle up on your balcony, terrace or rooftop to see this week's super moon

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

Things are looking up. Well, they are if you temporarily forget what’s going on at ground level and let yourself be distracted by what’s going on overhead. 

The skies are set to be all aglow this week with the biggest, brightest moon of the year. A super full moon is coming, and to make things even lovelier, in the Northern Hemisphere it’s known as a pink moon.

So called because of the pink blossom and flowers that bloom in the month of April, the pink super moon doesn’t actually have a blush hue, but its arrival in our skies might make our current situation seem a little rosier. 

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Why’s this moon so super? The full moon is taking place when the moon is closest to Earth, which basically means that the moon will look really bright and big in the sky. Super moons appear at their biggest when they are closest to the horizon, that is, when they are rising and setting.

Youll have to be up in the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, April 8 to catch the pink moon at its best from Spain (4.35am, to be exact) and around Europe. Stargazers in Asia and Australia will get a glimpse of the super moon later on the same day. The evening before, on Tuesday, April 7 is when it’ll be lighting up skies all across the US. 

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This super moon is the second and last of 2020, so it’s worth getting a look at it. Also, what else have you got on that day? 

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