All the stunning sights from Tuesday night's rare celestial view

By Claudia Harmata
April 08, 2020 02:25 PM
Pink Supermoon
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Last night’s moon was the biggest and brightest of 2020!

This year, April’s full moon, nicknamed the “pink moon,” was also a super moon. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the full moon reached its peak at 10:35 P.M. EDT on Tuesday night. Here are some photos from around the world of the stunning, celestial sight — from the Rock of Dunamase, Ireland (above) to New York City.

Prague, Czech Republic

Super Pink Moon
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Penshaw Monument, UK

Pink supermoon
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San Francisco, California

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Bintan Island, Indonesia

Supermoon in Indonesia
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Edinburgh, Scotland

Pink Supermoon
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New York City, New York

'Pink Moon' Is Largest Supermoon Of 2020
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Here’s everything you need to know about the rare celestial view.

What’s a super moon?

A super moon is the result of the full moon coinciding with the moon’s closest point of orbit in relation to the Earth, which is known as perigee. The result is that the moon is not only full, it looks closer to us and brighter than usual.

The April full moon is the first super moon this year. There will be another one in May, though it won’t be quite as bright.

Pink Moon
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So, why is it called a full “Pink Moon?”

The “pink” portion of the name is quite deceiving.

According to Almanac, in ancient times people used to track the seasons through a lunar calendar, so names were given to recurring full moons to mark the change in season.

April’s full moon was named the full “Pink Moon,” because it coincided with the blooming of “moss pink” or wild ground phlox — a bright pink wildflower, one of the first flowers of spring.

Phlox Pink Moon
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But will the moon actually appear pink?

Sadly, no. The moon will not take on a pink color, but will rather appear like any other super moon. It may be a yellowish color, or a brighter golden-orange once it nears the horizon.