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A ‘Super Pink Moon’ is coming to New York on Tuesday night

A ‘Super Pink Moon’ is coming to New York on Tuesday night
The April pink moon will shine brighter and loom larger than March’s worm moon and any other full moon in 2020. Named for the color of spring flowers, not the moon’s actual coloring, the pink moon will be the biggest full moon of the year.
The April pink moon will shine brighter and loom larger than March’s worm moon and any other full moon in 2020. Named for the color of spring flowers, not the moon’s actual coloring, the pink moon will be the biggest full moon of the year.(Courtesy of NASA)

If every day is starting to feel the same under coronavirus lockdown, fear not: The moon is here to shake things up.
For Americans gazing out their windows on Tuesday night, the full moon is going to look bigger than any other this year. That’s because the evening of April 7 will feature a “super pink moon,” which in New York should be visible from 7:05 p.m. until 7:05 a.m. the next morning.
For the record, the moon won’t actually be pink — the “pink moon” is just a name for the April full moon because it signals the blooming of ground phlox, which are pink flowers found all over the U.S. But the moon will be super, in the sense that it’ll look larger and brighter than normal.
At about 10:35 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, the moon will reach perigee, which is the point in its orbit when it’s closest to Earth. It does that every 28 days or so, but it’s much rarer for perigee to coincide with a full moon, which makes for some real pretty pics.ture



The short distance between us and the full moon will make it appear about 7% larger than average and 14% larger than a full moon at its farthest point from Earth. But if you go outside to check it out, make sure to stay at least 6 feet away from other stargazers.

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