Largest supermoon of 2020 rises over a world battling COVID-19

Other names for the spectacle include the Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon or the Fish Moon.

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"The most basic of the astronomical lessons you can do with a little one is the phases of the moon", she said. 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.

"It will be a spectacular sight to witness as it will be (one of) the brightest and the biggest full moons of 2020, and is being widely publicised as the Pink Supermoon", the renowned astrophysicist said in a statement.

A supermoon is a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee, the moon's closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.

The term "supermoon" was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle. According to NASA, it's used by the media today to describe what astronomers would call a perigean full moon: a full moon occurring near or at the time when the moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth.

As EarthSky explains, the full moon will be seen at a distance of 221,851 miles from Earth's surface. A supermoon appears especially impressive.

We have 13 full moons to look forward to in 2020. Here's when you can see them. Scientists call this cosmic combo a supermoon.

With so many people self-isolating at home with their families right now, this "Super Pink Moon" is a great opportunity to have some fun and learn, Faherty said. The wildflower is commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox - and also goes by the name "moss pink".

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.

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



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