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Everything You Need To Know About The Coming 2020 Supermoon

With more and more people stuck inside their homes indefinitely because of the raging coronavirus pandemic, we can all use a distraction or two right now, especially since a lot of us might already be experiencing some type of cabin fever. Thankfully, the Moon is here to give you something to look forward to.

2020 Supermoon

Bored and looking for a distraction or two amid the coronavirus lockdown? Well, look no further than our very own satellite: the Moon.

This is because come the night of April 8, Wednesday, you will have the privilege of looking up at the night sky and be able to see a super pink Moon. Of course, the Moon itself wouldn’t really be pink (apologies if we did excite you), but it will actually be appearing as the biggest and brightest of all of the full Moons (where we can see the Moon completely spherical in its shape and lit up) that we’ll be witnessing this year.

Furthermore, it will also be appearing bigger than normal since the full Moon will be in perigee. This means that it will be at the closest possible point to us in its elliptic orbit, which is actually just a mere 357,035 kilometers or 221,851 miles away from Earth. Phenomena like this are called as “supermoons,” given their size. As such, supermoons can easily appear 7 percent bigger than average full Moon, as well as 15 percent brighter because of its close proximity. This is great news for astronomers since comparing the full Moons side by side will be easier this year.

Why Pink?

The reason as to why this incoming full Moon is referred to as “pink” is quite simple and actually lends itself to quite a bit of poetry. This is because of the beautiful Phlox subulata flowers that bloom in spring in parts of the U.S. and Canada, providing a splash of pink in the undergrowth.

Missing out on this supermoon isn’t all that bad, however, since May will also be having one. Still, it may provide you with some momentary comfort as we all try to get through this pandemic together.

moon Despite living in ancient times, the classical Greek civilization still managed to accurately measure the ration of the Moon. Pixabay

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