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What is a Super Moon?

Posted at 9:25 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 21:25:06-04

You've probably heard the term supermoon lately so what exactly is a Super Moon? A supermoon occurs when the moon is especially close to Earth while it's full. The moon's proximity to Earth makes it look up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a full moon at its farthest point from Earth.

The full moon appeared pinkish during the evening in some locations due to the thick atmosphere, dust, haze, and pollen in the air thus giving the name "Super Pink Moon" even though the moon isn't pink at all.

On Tuesday April 7 at 2:08 p.m. EDT the moon arrived at its closest point to Earth in 2020 which was a distance of 221,772 miles away. 8 hours and 35 minutes later, the moon will officially turn full.

Although a full moon theoretically lasts just a moment, that moment is imperceptible to ordinary observation, and for a day or so before and after most will speak of seeing the nearly full moon as "full," although if you look carefully enough, you'll be able to tell that on Monday night and Wednesday night, the moon will appear ever so slightly out of roundness compared to Tuesday night. The narrow strip of darkness will appear on the left side of the moon on Monday and the right side of the moon on Wednesday.

In addition, the full moon will result in a dramatically large range of high and low ocean tides. High tides will run higher than normal and low tides will be lower than normal. Any coastal storm at sea around this time will almost certainly aggravate coastal flooding problems. The highest tides will not, however, coincide with the full moon, but will actually lag by up to a few days depending on the specific coastal location.