Year's Biggest Supermoon 'Pink Moon' Is Expected to Rise in Early April
As people remain in their homes due to the coronavirus, they'll be able to enjoy an amazing sight in the sky. This month, the biggest supermoon so far this year will grace the night sky.
According to Earth Sky, April's full moon will delight sky-gazers on the 7th and 8th. Often nicknamed the Pink Moon, Grass Moon, or Egg Moon, the moon will be closest to the earth, thus appearing bigger.
This year's first supermoon showed itself on February 9. Then called the Snow Moon or Storm Moon, the name was adopted due to the heavy snow that typically comes with the rare occurrence.
Winter moon overlooking the Austrian Alps, on December 30, 2012, Austria | Source: Getty Images
It's also called the Hunger Moon, because the harsh weather conditions leading up to its reveal used to make it difficult for people to hunt for food, leading to scarce resources and widespread hunger during winter.
We're not sure of the reasoning behind this April's full moon, but there's no need for logical explanations when it comes to such awe-inducing sightings.
The moon will be approximately 221,773 miles away from the earth on April 7 at 6:08 UTC. On April 8, it will be 221,851 miles away at 2:35 UTC. This degree of closeness will only occur twice this year.
The second time will be on October 16, 2020, when the moon will be 221,775 miles from the earth. Although it's not much different, you won't want to miss the closest full moon of 2020 early next week.
In addition to the size, the moon will also be pink in color. Fox News advises that to get the "best view of this lovely spring Moon, find an open area and watch as the Moon rises just above the horizon."
Moon watchers enjoyed a treat early last month as well when the astronomical body created what looked like a "ring of fire." Incredible photos showed the Worm Moon from various locations.
At the time, the moon was reportedly the second closest of this year's supermoons. It reached its peak at 1:48 pm EDT on March 9, stunning gazers in the US.
Aside from waiting for April 7 and 8 to arrive, sky-gazers can also spend the week looking up in the night as the moon will still look gorgeous before it arrives at the supermoon level.
Those of us with telescopes will also enjoy seeing the bright star near the moon. It's called Spica, and its the Virgo constellation's only 1st-magnitude star. How wondrous.