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Supermoon to appear in skies above Gedling borough later tonight


People across Gedling borough will be treated to the biggest supermoon of the year tonight when the Super Pink Moon lights up the night sky.

Tonight’s Super Pink Moon is the largest that the satellite will appear this year as its elliptical orbit today brings it to its closest point to Earth.

The full moon will peak at 3.35am on Wednesday April 8, but experts say it will look most impressive as it rises over the horizon on Tuesday April 7 – and it may have a slight orange glow to it.

Providing the weather is clear, everyone in the Gedling borough should get a really good view of the supermoon – all you have to do look up at the night sky from 20.15 onwards, when the sun sets.

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What is a ‘Supermoon’?

Supermoons are special full moons that occur when the moon’s orbit brings it closest to the Earth (its perigee).

In general a supermoon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than the average moon.

The supermoon that’ll fill the sky this evening and Wednesday morning is set to be the biggest and brightest of the year.

This particular full moon is known as the Pink Moon as its name derives from a pink flower called phlox subulata that blooms in spring in North America. It doesn’t mean the moon is going to suddenly turn pink tonight.

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