Many experts, including those at Sky & Telescope magazine, believe a supermoon is a full moon that tracks less than 223,000 miles from the Earth at the closest point of its orbit, known as the perigee. This week's full moon is an important one for several reasons.
While this year's biggest and brightest supermoon will be seen on Monday, the smallest full moon i.e. a minimoon will be seen on October 31.
This is very close to the lunar perigee that is set to occur at 2:08 p.m. on the same day.
However, these differences will be hard to notice for most stargazers, said Rick Fienberg, a spokesperson for the American Astronomical Society.
Science Advisor at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum Jesse Rogerson tells CTVNewsOttawa.ca that the moon will not actually be pink.
Increasing clouds this evening could cover Ottawa's view of the biggest super moon of the year. So it's only fitting that it's the biggest and brightest of 2020.
"We will admire our satellite rising above the skyline of Rome, the Eternal City, enjoying the largest full moon of the year", he added.
In mid-April, the waning moon will pass through Saturn, Jupiter and Mars, grouped in the southeast sky before dawn.
As the skies have cleared up due to a lack of pollution due to the lockdown and the moon appears larger than usual, the surface is quite visible, which gives a great opportunity to learn the name of the craters.
Some fall moons are named for harvest seasons, for example.
April's pink moon actually marks the third straight month that the full moon has met supermoon criteria, joining March's worm moon and February's snow moon. "The "Pink Moon" is the name of the full moon that occurs in April". "In other cultures, this moon is called the sprouting grass moon, the egg moon, and the fish moon", National Geographic website said.