How to Get a Great Look at Tonight’s Super Pink Moon

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Tonight the Super Pink Moon Rises! Check Out These Special Views to Learn More!

Tonight the full moon will rise. Not just any full moon, though. Tonight’s moon, April 7th, 2020, is called the Super Pink Moon. And it’s special. “What’s so special,” you ask? Well tonight, the moon makes its way closer in its orbit to Earth than usual. In fact, the moon nearly 20,000 miles closer to Earth tonight than it usually is. That means it will be big, bright, and beautiful.

If you live on the East coast, the official “full” moon will happen at 10:35 pm tonight. For West-coaster’s like me, it’ll be full at 7:35, just when we’re starting to see it. Those of you in the middle of the country can do the math accordingly. No matter where you live, though, so long as the skies are clear, the Super Pink Moon should be spectacular. As a matter of fact, the moon will be 7% larger than usual, and about 15% brighter. 

You may notice a difference with the naked eye, but even a pair of decent binoculars should help you to really appreciate this spectacle. And if you want an even better look, you can look through Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh. Both services are showing live webcasts covering this celestial event. 

Here’s the Virtual Telescope Project:

And Here’s the View from Slooh!

Slooh’s coverage starts at 7:30 pm EDT, and the Virtual Telescope Project’s coverage is in progress at the time of this publication. Both services will provide views of the moon that most people outside of astronomy classrooms rarely get to see. The increased proximity and luminosity on display tonight provides astronomers with more detail than they’re usually able to get through telescopes. As such, students of astronomy can clearly see features on the surface of the moon not accessible with the naked eye. 

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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