Views of the April 2020 Supermoon – the Super “Pink” Moon

On April 7th, 2020, skies across the world were treated to the largest and brightest supermoon of 2020.

April’s Full Moon . The moon was not ‘pink’, however because of the heavy smoke from nearby bush fires, it helped to…

Posted by GhanShyam Photography on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

This was the second of three larger than usual full moons, which will occur in three consecutive months – March 9th/10th, April 7th/8th, and May 7th, 2020.

Photos of the supermoon taken by Inshan Hosein from Debe

Unfortunately, even though it was called the “Super Pink Moon,” It wasn’t actually pink, much to everyone’s disappointment. These names – wolf, snow, worm, pink, etc., date back to Native Americans living in what is now the northern and eastern United States. Those tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.

Supermoon spotted from Sangre Grande. Image: Rondell Lezama
Supermoon spotted from Sangre Grande. Image: Rondell Lezama

If you missed last night’s supermoon, you can still look towards the skies tonight at 7:06 PM, toward the east to see this celestial body at moonrise.

The supermoon taken by Nerisha Sahibdeen
The supermoon taken by Nerisha Sahibdeen

Presently, we have an increased concentration of Saharan Dust in the atmosphere. This may be a hindrance to local sky gazers with telescopes.

Otherwise, with minimal moisture in the air, a mostly fair night is ahead with a few passing partly cloudy periods through Thursday. An isolated shower or two will be possible after midnight.

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