Tonight's "Full Pink Moon" is the biggest, brightest supermoon of the year


Tonight's "Full Pink Moon" is the biggest, brightest supermoon of the year

Unless Mother Nature spreads a blanket of clouds across the sky, the final moon of the season is expected to appear larger than any others this season.

Scientists anticipate the Moon will settle down across from the Sun at about 9.47 pm GST (5.47 pm GMT).

March's full moon can be called many names.

NASA advises that the wearing of what they call "suitably celebratory celestial attire" is encouraged in honour of tonight's super full moon.

Astrophotographer and regular contributor Chirag Upreti took in the sights of New York City during the supermoon, including the shots you see here of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building backdropped by the moon. Without having a specific reference, however, it's not easy to notice a difference in the Moon's apparent size.

The moon will be its fullest at 2:30 A.M. on Tuesday, according to NASA, meaning that a casual viewer will probably get the best look at it Monday night. On April 8, the Pink Moon is anticipated to be the biggest of the year. "By this definition, in a typical year, there can be three or four full Supermoons in a row".

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Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel explained in Forbes that the March super moon would be at its most visible at different times across the continents. This arises due to the Moon's oval orbit around Earth.

So, why are Supermoons so compelling to us?

This diagram of the Moon's slightly elliptical orbit around Earth shows the closest perigee and farthest apogee distances for 2020.

The "worm moon" comes from the moon names of native American tribes that have come to be pretty commonly used in the USA among moon enthusiasts and which have been adopted by the Farmer's almanac.

The Old Farmer's Almanac describes how "roots start to push their way up through the soil, and the Earth experiences a re-birth as it awakens from its winter slumber".

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