The moon will be its closest to Earth all yearWe are now in the middle of a miniseries of supermoons - the full moons of March, April, and May swing closer in their elliptical orbit to Earth (known as perigee), making them appear larger and brighter.
Supermoons are relatively rare because the moon's orbital path around the Earth is elliptical instead of circular, meaning that full moons rarely occur when the moon is also at its perigee.
April will see the brightest supermoon of the year.
The April full moon is also sometimes called the Egg Moon, Fish Moon and Sprouting Grass Moon, according to the almanac. Sources said that April's supermoon is the second of the three to appear; the first one appeared in March whereas another supermoon is expected to happen in on May 7. In fact, the super moon is around as much as 14% larger and 30% brighter than the full moon when it is further away from earth.
An astrologer Richard Nolle had given the name "Supermoon" in 1979.
But don't let the name fool you, "cause the moon won't really be pink (sorry to disappoint)". In general, it is called "moss pink".
Since the Super Pink Moon will appear in India at 8:05am, people in the country will not be able to watch the phenomena by just looking at the sky as there will be daylight. Why it is called the Pink Moon Unfortunately, despite its rosy name, the full Pink Moon will be its normal golden wan self.
As the moon orbits in an ellipse its closest point - the perigee - will come very close to earth.
Here in the United Kingdom, the Pink Moon is expected to peak early on the morning of Wednesday, April 8. A full moon can appear in the fullest form even when it is at a farther distance from our planet. This week, however, you might want to look to the skies as well - and feast your eyes on a luminous lunar sight.
For New Yorkers, the moon will rise at 5.46pm and will set at 7.35am on February 20, as per the U.S. Naval Observatory.