Pink Supermoon lights up Lancashire skies in rare astronomical event

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Supermoons occur when it is near its closest point to the Earth in its orbit, appearing bigger and brighter than usual.


The Supermoon was seen from Blackpool (Image: Karl Houghton)

A rare astronomical event saw a giant pink supermoon light up the skies above Lancashire last night.

Skygazers were treated to a glimpse of a supermoon as the celestial event illuminated the UK from above.

The full moon in April is also known as the “pink moon” as it is named after pink flowers, known as phlox, which bloom in the springtime.

It is also a supermoon because the full moon will occur when it is near its closest point to the Earth in its orbit, appearing bigger and brighter than usual.

The phenomenon was visible on Tuesday (April 27) and was seen in glorious prominence across Lancashire.

Stargazers also caught a glimpse on Monday, with pictures showing it in the backdrop of Blackpool Tower.


The Supermoon behind Blackpool Tower (Image: Karl Houghton)

Anna Ross, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, said: “The average distance of the moon from the Earth is 384,400km, but the moon will reach its closest point this lunar month on April 27 at 16:24, when it will be 357,379 km away.

“The exact moment of the full moon closest to this point, so the supermoon, is also on April 27, but at 04:31.

“This means that the best times to view this supermoon will be anytime during the night of April 27 when the moon will rise in the east just before sunset and set in the west around sunrise.”

During this time, the Earth’s natural satellite was set to still appear around 14% bigger and 30% brighter.

Ms Ross said: “A supermoon is the result of a full moon occurring when the moon is near its closest point to the Earth in its orbit.

“This can happen because the moon orbits the Earth on an elliptical path, rather than a circular one.

“As this means that the moon is a little closer to us, it appears slightly bigger in the sky.”

The next supermoon will be visible in May 2021.

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