‘Pink moon’ takes over night skies

9 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

‘Pink moon’ takes over night skies

Americans across the country took a welcome break from coronavirus confinement as a super “pink moon” rose in the sky Tuesday night. It was the largest supermoon of 2020, according to EarthSky.

This full moon coincided with the lunar perigee — the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit, which gives it the appearance of being bigger. When it became a full moon at 10:35 p.m. ET Tuesday, it was just 221,851 miles away from Earth. “They are one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring, therefore the first full moon of April got the name,” Faherty told CBS News. “It’s hard to say when the naming occurred.  It stems from Native American traditions.”

The pink moon is viewable all over the globe, if weather permits.