The pink super moon will appear in the UK next week

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A PINK supermoon will light up the sky next week in an incredible moon show.

Astronomy enthusiasts will be able to see the largest moon of the year Tuesday evening and until the wee hours of Wednesday (April 8).

It should be at its best when it is fully illuminated by the sun around 3:35 a.m.

The super moon phenomenon occurs when the full moon coincides with the moon at the closest orbital point to Earth, and can appear about 30% brighter than the standard moon – and up to 14% larger.

This performance was named the “Pachal moon” – derived from the Greek word for Passover – because it was the first full moon to appear after the spring equinox.

Emily Drabek-Maunder, astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said, “It’s going to be spectacular.

“The super moon is a great opportunity for everyone to appreciate the beauty of the natural world.

“While the night sky seems constant to us, we can directly witness the evolution of the universe by observing the moon. “

The moon’s elliptical orbit means that at its closest point – called the perigree – it is just over 220,000 miles from Earth, nearly 30,000 miles closer than when it is at its point. farthest.

When this perigee coincides with a new moon, the phenomenon is called a super moon.

The moon will not really appear pink – the name comes from the pink flowers that bloom at this time of year in North America – but orange when it is low in the sky.

NASA researcher Noah Petroh said, “The super-moons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon, not just once, but every chance they have. “

EarthSkyy’s astronomer Bruce McClure added, “Watch for the largest full moon of the year to shine all night as it radiates east after sunset on April 7, rises highest for the night. around midnight and sets west towards sunrise in April. 8. “

Tuesday’s show will be the second of three supermoons this year after last month’s “worm” supermoon and next month’s “flower” supermoon.

Astronomers say pink will be the best of the trio.



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