How you can see the Pink Supermoon in the UK when it appears tonight

Don't forget to look up at the sky tonight (Tuesday 7 April) and very early morning (Wednesday 8 April) to see the Pink Supermoon – the second and last supermoon of 2020.

The supermoon won't actually take on a pink hue as suggested by its name, but it means the moon will appear larger and brighter than usual because it is at the point in its orbit when it’s closest to Earth.

This moon is named after a pink wildflower called the phlox subulata that blooms during the spring in America at the same time, marking the first full moon of spring.

The Pink Supermoon is actually a combination of two astronomical phenomena – a Full Moon and lunar perigee. Perigee is the lowest point in the Moon's orbit when the lunar orb is closest to our planet.

Of course the visibility of the natural occurrence relies heavily on clear skies, which could be likely considering the drop in pollution in the skies as we all remain on lockdown due to the coronavirus.

It also depends on your timezone, in the UK the peak time to see the supermoon will be very early in the morning of April 8 at 4.35am.

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If you can manage to get up early that will be the best time to spot the larger than usual moon, but if not you may still be able to see it earlier in the night as the moment of the lunar perigee will occur at 6.08pm GMT (7.08pm BST) tonight on April 7.

NASA's lunar expert Gordon Johnston said: "The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Monday night through Thursday morning."

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This Pink Supermoon is expected to be the brightest moon of 2020, and won't return again until 2021 says the Daily Express.

But be warned if you try and capture the event on your camera phone it's likely you will just end up with a blob in the sky, you'll need professional camera equipment.

There are plenty of other full moon occurrences to still catch if you miss this one including Flower Moon – May 7, Strawberry Moon – June 6, Buck Moon – July 5, Sturgeon Moon – August 3, Full Corn Moon – September 2, Hunter's Moon – October 1, Beaver Moon – November 30 and the Cold Moon – December 30.

For those keen astrologers interested in what the Pink Supermoon in Libra means for you Leslie Hale, astrologer at Keen.com, tells Refinery29 that the celestial event will change perspectives.

"In these days of COVID-19 and staying at home, some relationships can come together as never before, and others are suffering from either too much togetherness or separation.

"Libra typically likes to avoid conflict and this may be our saving grace during these stressful times," she explained.

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