This week's 'Super Pink Moon' will be the biggest of 2020

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Full Pink Moon (halfrain / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

This week's full moon will be the biggest supermoon of the year!

Tuesday night's full moon will be a supermoon and is also sometimes called a "Super Pink Moon."

What exactly is a “supermoon”?

  • Regular full moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the moon’s orbit. The orbit around the Earth is an ellipse with one side (perigee) about 30,000 miles closer to Earth than the other (apogee).
  • The supermoon occurs when a full moon occurs at perigee.
  • Perigee (super) moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the moons that occur on the apogee side of the moon’s orbit. This is due to the moon being closer to the Earth at perigee instead of apogee.

Why is it called a "Pink" moon?

  • This full moon is called a pink moon, not because of the color, but because this full moon sometimes corresponded with the early blooms of a pink moss called Phlox.
  • This full moon is also sometimes called the Egg moon, the Paschal moon or the Grass moon.

When does the full moon occur?

  • The full moon will rise at 7:15 PM Tuesday evening April 7 and will set at 6:42 AM Wednesday morning.

Will the weather cooperate to see the super full moon?

  • The quiet weather for Maine continues into Tuesday with mostly sunny skies and highs in the 50s.
  • Therefore, trying to get outside either around sunset Monday evening or before sunrise Tuesday for the best viewing of the "near" full supermoon.