This is how to see the largest 'pink' supermoon of the year

James Marshall
June 29, 2020

Start the day smarter. "Even with the unaided eye, you can see the dark blotches on it which are the basalt plains", Brown said.

2020 is a season of full moon!

A woman photographs the Pink Supermoon over mountain Smetovi, during an astronomical event that occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual, in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, April 7, 2020. The moon's closeness to Earth, naturally, makes it look extra-close and extra-bright - up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a full moon at its farthest point from Earth.

"Supermoons" might sound miraculous but it's really just the blanket term given to any full moon that occurs when the Earth and Moon are particularly close.

If the moon is within 10 percent of its closest distance to the earth at the moment of full moon, it is considered to be a supermoon, according the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.

Sarah Jones, who took a photo of the moon from her back garden in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire, said: "The moon is one of my favourite things to take photos of, especially when its full".

Although it's called "pink", Brown says this is just a name, like "blue moon".

The pink part of its name is derived from the Phlox subulata flowers that bloom in April in the USA and Canada, so we're sorry to say the moon will not, in fact, be pink. The wildflower is commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox - and also goes by the name "moss pink".

"Every full moon of the year is "named", he told over email.

The plant's flowers are a bright shade of pink, leading early observers to name this month's full moon after the blossoms it brought along.

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