While the world and its entire population faces a bitter reality of surviving Coronavirus outbreak, a rare occurrence has lifted spirits. Tonight, on 7th April 2020 as the world sleeps, the northern hemisphere stargazers shall witness the ‘Super Pink Moon 2020’. This version of full moon, is one of the biggest in the entire 2020, as the moon will be at its closest point to Earth today.
April’s full moon gets the ‘pink’ nickname from phlox flowers that typically bloom this time of year. Yet, even though the closeness to the earth does give the moon a distinct hue, it is not aesthetically ‘pink’. The warm hue it reflects is shade of red and orange in colour. The name has been bestowed upon April moon by the Tribal Indian elders.
A full moon occurs when the moon is located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun, meaning its face is fully illuminated. This year, the moon shall be approximately less than 360,000 kilometers from the center of Earth.
Amid Coronavirus lockdown in many countries, this natural phenomenon is bringing wonder to all. The full moon will rise early in the evening on Tuesday, 7 April and will set late Wednesday morning.
The moon will officially peak at around midnight local time.
While the weather seems clear for most part of northern hemisphere, the lockdown in many countries due to COVID-19 has culled any chances of capturing the phenomenon. In order to witness this rare event, one can log in to multiple sites online and view its trajectory.
The Dubai Astronomy Group will broadcast the spectacle live on their social media channels so that stargazers can view it online.
In Addition, Virtual Telescope Project shall be streaming the occurrence from their site LIVE!
So, to all stargazers we beseech you. Take this opportunity to share your knowledge of Super Pink Moon 2020, with the young and dear of the family. As we face the disconcerting future, the only constant shall be the moon and stars who shall continue to amaze us through thick and thin.