'Pink' Supermoon Rises Tuesday

Published: Monday, April 6, 2020 - 4:19pm
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While sheltering at home, one day can start to feel much like the next. But on Tuesday a "pink" supermoon will rise to remind us that the heavens keep turning.

University of Arizona astrophysicist Tim Swindle places the optimal viewing time at 7:35 p.m. 

The first full moon of spring will be a supermoon — a full moon that coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth.

That brings our natural satellite as much as 14% closer than when it's farthest away.

The result is a lunar disk that is only fractionally larger but can shine 30% brighter.

According to the Farmers' Almanac, the name arises from a wildflower known as "moss pink," which blooms in April.

The Almanac lists other nicknames for the April moon, including the "sprouting grass moon," the "egg moon" and the "fish moon."

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