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"Pink Supermoon" to light up the night sky and will be the biggest and brightest of the year

The largest full moon of 2020 will occur on April 8, moon will appear about 13.76 percent bigger than the apparent size of the smallest full moon of this year, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday.

The pink supermoon, sometimes called a Paschal full moon, will take place on April 7-8, filling the night sky with a bright and luminous tribute to the spring season.

The name comes from the Greek word for 'passover,' chosen because the pink supermoon is the first full moon to take place after the Spring Equinox. Even though it's called a pink supermoon, the moonlight won't actually be pink.

A supermoon typically only occurs once a year, when a full moon coincides with the moon also being at the closest orbital point to Earth.

According to the Taipei Astronomical Museum, the April moon will also be categorized as a super full moon, which refers to an occurrence in which a full moon reaches around the moon's closest approach to Earth in its monthly orbit.

April full moons always take place in front of the constellation Virgo the Maiden, to signal the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Moon’s position in front of the constellations of the zodiac

The April full moon swings in between the Northern Hemisphere’s two bright springtime stars, Arcturus and Spica. In the Southern Hemisphere, these two brilliant stars are fixtures of their autumn season.

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