Astronomers say that the biggest and brightest supermoon of the year will appear in the night sky tonight.
The moon will be most visible at 10:35 p.m. Eastern Time, when the moon will be located 221,851 miles from our planet according to EarthSky. This will be bigger and brighter than last month’s “Worm Moon” which was said to be the biggest and brightest of the year at the time.
According to Gianluca Masi, an astronomer from the Virtual Telescope Project, the moon will be 7 percent larger and 15 percent brighter than an average full moon.
If you are not able to observe the full moon in the sky, the Virtual Telescope Project will be providing a live feed of the event from 1 p.m. ET on April 7.
The April full moon is sometimes referred to as the “Pink Moon” in North America. Historians say that the name goes back to ancient times, and is likely derived from the pink flowers of the Wild Ground Phlox plant which often bloom around this time of year. The moon will not actually be pink though, a fact that has many people on the internet confused.
April full moons mark the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.
The name supermoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, in Dell Horoscope magazine. He came up with the name while reading “Strategic Role Of Perigean Spring Tides in Nautical History and Coastal Flooding” published in 1976 by NOAA Hydrologist Fergus Wood.
The real association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but no scientifically proven link has been found.
Out of the possible 12 or 13 full moons each year, usually only about three or four fit the classifications of a supermoon.