This is when to see a pink supermoon over Grantham this week

It will appear 17 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than a normal full moon, says NASA scientist Noah Petro, who is encouraging people to enjoy the site while keeping safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

The moon, however, will not actually look pink unless it's covered by an opaque pink cloud or haze. With the three full supermoons with April-May and another set of three within September-November, the year gives us a visual treat on skywatching.

April's full moon will be the closest super moon of 2020, and it is also known as the "Pink Moon" after the pink flowers that start to appear in the fields this month in some places. It has become an increasingly more popular and media-friendly term in the decades since then. It will occur when the moon is within 90% of perigee, which is its closest approach to Earth in orbit. A supermoon appears especially impressive.

The Pink Moon has also traditionally been called the Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Paschal Moon, Hanuman Jayanti or Bak Poya. And although every full moon is a fairly photo-worthy experience, this one is pretty special. Here's when you can see them. According to the Farmer's Almanac, it is named after the pink flowering wild ground phlox, one of earliest flowers of the spring.

Despite its name, there will not be any noticeable colour difference to the full moon, which is due to reach its peak during the early hours of Wednesday at 3.55am.

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