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'Pink super moon': how to see the largest and brightest moon in 2020

The largest and brightest full moon of 2020 is called the “pink super moon” - it can be seen in the sky on the evening of Tuesday, April 7, writes USA Today.

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“The biggest full moon of 2020 will be visible all night - it can be seen in the east after sunset on April 7, at midnight it will rise to the highest level and will set in the west closer to sunrise on April 8,” said expert Bruce McClure from EarthSky.

According to EarthSky, the full moon can be observed from 22:35 on EDT on April 7th.

In April of this year, the moon will be as close to our planet as possible - and, therefore, will become the largest of the year. The April moon is the second of three notable astronomical events that will take place in a row: after the March "Wormy Full Moon" and before the May full "Flower Moon", which will appear in the sky on May 7.

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What is super moon?

Super moon is a phenomenon during which the moon is especially close to the earth during the full moon. The proximity of the Moon to the Earth, of course, makes it very large and bright visually - 14% more and 30% brighter than the full moon at the farthest point from the Earth.

The term "super moon" was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle. Since then, it has become increasingly popular and understandable for the media. According to NASA, today the media uses it to describe what astronomers call the Perigee full moon: a full moon that occurs when the moon is at the closest point in its orbit around the Earth.

Due to the optical effect known as the moon illusion, a full moon can appear huge when it rises behind distant objects on the horizon. Therefore, the super moon looks especially impressive.

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Why is the April moon called the “pink super moon”?

According to Old Farmer's Almanac, the full moon in April often coincided with the blooming of the wild pink Phlox subulata flower that grows in eastern North America. Wild flower is usually called creeping or awl-shaped phlox, as well as "pink moss."

For millennia, people all over the world, including Native Americans, have been calling the months according to one or another of the signals of nature. Old Farmer's Almanac says that the full moon names in North America were given by Native Americans who lived in the north and east of the United States.

Each full moon has its own name, from the January wolf moon to the December cold moon.

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