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Pink Supermoon to light up Cyprus

A view of the'pink moon, or April full moon the closest supermoon of the year seen over Krakow. On Wednesday Pink supermoon seen around the world
Kristine Garrett | 14 November, 2020, 20:07

This Thursday's will come as close as 221,772 miles from us, meaning it will appear larger and brighter in the sky.

But this month, the moon will become full less than eight hours after its nearest approach to Earth, making it the closest of the four supermoons. This means as the moon orbits, it comes closer to the Earth and farther away, depending on the month.

The full moon is linked to the date of Easter, with Easter falling on the Sunday after the full moon that appears after the spring equinox.

As this will also be a supermoon, people can expect it to look up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky as it reaches its closest point to Earth, known as its perigee. "Grab binoculars and enjoy the view and have a look at Venus on the other side of the sky while you are outside".

In March, the worm supermoon was obscured by clouds, but it looks like the April supermoon should be visible all evening.

Every year, there are about 12 to 13 full moons (depending on the year) and all of them have a name.

April's full moon, known as "the pink moon" is expected to be the largest full moon this year.

Despite the name, the pink supermoon won't appear in rosy shades in the sky, said a statement from York University.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, April's full moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of Phlox subulata, a pink wildflower native to eastern North America.

Some fall moons are named for harvest seasons, for example.

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