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Stargazers marvel at emerging pink supermoon in skies above UK

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Stargazers marvel at emerging pink supermoon in skies above UK

It was the closest that the moon will be to the Earth for all of 2020, a mere 356,907 kilometres, appearing up to seven per cent bigger than a typical full moon.

April's full moon, known as "the pink moon" is expected to be the largest full moon this year.

The Pink Moon is traditionally the fourth Full Moon of the year in April. It gets its name from the pink wildflowers - Wild Ground Phlox - that bloom in the spring and are native to North America.

"I just find it calming to look at and to know how many people in the world can see the same thing". Areas in northeast and southern Alberta may not see much of the super moon due to cloudy conditions.

But Full Moons always appear full for about three days centred around the peak.

Despite its name, there is no actual colour change to the appearance of the lunar surface - it is a Northern Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower, which starts to pop up in the United States and Canada at the beginning of spring. "Look out your window or step into your garden/balcony if you have one".

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

Planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will be visible in a lovely line for a week or so, from now until mid-April.

Have you got time on your hands?

So time your morning walk before the sun rises to catch this sky show.

It's named after the constellation Lyra, and are credited as being among the oldest recorded meteor showers in history.

Professor Fred Watson has launched a webinar seriesCosmic Relief, with the next episode 'Should we colonise Mars?' dropping next Wednesday April 15 at 7.30am (AEST).

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