Stargazers marvel at emerging pink supermoon in skies above UK

This moon was also the Paschal Moon, which is how the date is set for Easter each year (hence why Easter falls on this Sunday, the first one after the Paschal Moon).

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The Super Pink Moon was the biggest and brightest full moon of the year.

When this occurs, the moon will appear around 30% brighter and 15% larger than when the moon is at its furthest point from the Earth.

The Pink Supermoon rises over Penshaw Monument in an astronomical event that occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual, in Sunderland, Britain, April 7, 2020.

The term "supermoon" was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle.

The full moon of April is often called the Pink Moon, and tonight's Pink Moon will be the closest the Moon will be to Earth during a full moon all year.

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As the criteria are narrowed down, a list of countries whose citizens might be allowed in is being drawn up. More than 10 million Europeans usually visit the United States each year.

We have 13 full moons to look forward to in 2020.

As EarthSky explains, the full moon will be seen at a distance of 221,851 miles from Earth's surface.

"If you look casually if you were an alien approaching and you could see their orbit trace out as a circle, as a line it would really look like a circle". Scientists call this cosmic combo a supermoon.

As for tonight's Super Pink Moon, the full moon of April goes by several other names including the Grass Moon and Egg Moon.

For millennia, people across the world, including Native Americans, named the months after nature's cues.

Despite its name, there will not be any noticeable colour difference to the full moon, which is due to reach its peak during the early hours of Wednesday at 3.55am.

Each full moon has its own name, from January's wolf moon to December's cold moon.

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