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April 7's 'Super Pink Moon' will be biggest, brightest of 2020

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April 7: Super Pink Moon. (KUTV file)

Tuesday night's full supermoon will be the biggest and brightest of the year, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.

The moon will be visible after sunset and since this is the closest the moon will get to the earth all year -- it will be the biggest and brightest moon of 2020.

The moon will reach peak illumination at 10:35 p.m. EDT. with a "golden hue."

The name given to April's full moon is the "pink moon," however the moon will be its normal color, not pink. The name of the moon comes from its association with the early springtime blooms of the pink Phlox subulata flowers.

According to EarthSky.org:

The angular diameter of a supermoon appears about 7% bigger than that of an average-size full moon, and about 14% bigger than the angular diameter of a micro-moon or mini-moon (year’s most distant and smallest full moon), perhaps not enough to be noticeable to most of us using the eye alone.
On the other hand, will you notice that the full moon of April 7-8 is particularly bright? Yes! Maybe if you’re an observant moon-watcher. That’s because supermoons can be up to 15% brighter than an average-size full moon, and 30% brighter than a micro-moon.

The Old Farmer's Almanac states:

April’s full Moon is the first to occur after the March equinox, which makes it the first full Moon of spring and the Paschal Full Moon. The Paschal Full Moon is the full Moon that determines the date of Easter. Historically, full Moon names were used to track the seasons and, for this reason, often relate closely to nature. The Moon names that we use today stem from Native American and Colonial-era sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, rather than just the full Moon itself.
April’s full Moon is called the Full Pink Moon, heralding the appearance of the 'moss pink,' or wild creeping phlox—one of the early spring flowers. Other April full Moon names include the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.