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

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 over head. 

The skies are set to be all a-glow 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. 

Super moon over New York

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Why’s this moon so super? The full moon is taking place when the moon is closest to the 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, ie, when they are rising and setting.

The evening of Tuesday April 7 is when it’ll be lighting up skies in New York and all across the US. In London, the pink super moon will be at its best in the very early morning of Wednesday April 8, while stargazers in Asia and Australia will get a glimpse of the super moon later on the same day. 

Super pink moon London

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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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