Biggest and brightest 'supermoon' of the year to rise tonight
Jun 30 2020
The largest, brightest super moon of 2020 rose in the night sky across the globe last night.
Another urged fellow tweeters: "That moon is handsome tonight".
It is about 0.1% closer to Earth than the March full moon was, making it the most super of the supermoons for 2020, NASA reported.
The Pink Moon has also traditionally been called the Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Paschal Moon, Hanuman Jayanti or Bak Poya.
While the moon will be around 40,000km closer to Earth, Brown says the photos of enormous moons in the sky are simply optical illusions. That makes it a must-see for supermoon hunters and a genuinely interesting sight for anyone who wants to get their mind off of things for a bit. The lunar perigee, which is the point at which the Moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, is at 221,773 miles and will occur just hours before the full moon comes into view. And although every full moon is a fairly photo-worthy experience, this one is pretty special. However, the closer approach to Earth can be 15%-to-30% brighter than other full moons throughout the year.
It's a special occasion, but the change in size and brightness isn't dramatic enough for some people to even notice the difference.
April's full moon is known as the "pink moon," and despite some photographer's creative interpretations to the contrary, its color is not actually pink.
You can see the moon rise in the sky this evening (in NY, that happens at 7:05 p.m. local time).
Traditionally, the full moon in the month of April is named after certain wild-flowers, called pink moss, native to eastern North America, and hence the name "pink" refers to the pink flower that blossoms during this time and not the colour of the moon.