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Pink Supermoon: Britons to be treated to spectacular display over UK

The Moon as seen over Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire. Credit: PA

A pink supermoon is set to brighten the night skies through this week – though there will not be any noticeable colour difference, as the name might suggest.

The moon will be the brightest and biggest of 2020, due to the fact it is the closest to the Earth it will get this year.

Despite its name, there is no actual colour change to the appearance of the lunar surface – it is a Northern Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower, which starts to pop up in the US and Canada at the beginning of spring.

In some other cultures, the pink moon is known as the sprouting grass moon, the egg moon, and the fish moon.

When and where is the best time to see the Moon?

The best time to see the supermoon will be on Wednesday morning, dependant on weather. Credit: PA Graphics

Stargazers can expect to see the next full moon over the UK, peaking during the early hour of Wednesday at 3.35am.

The supermoon will be visible for three nights, with the Leicester-based National Space Centre reporting that it will be best viewed after midnight.

Cloud cover means that those in the north of England will have the best chances of seeing it on Tuesday night, with those in the south-east of England being served better opportunity on Wednesday.

Those in Scotland, Wales and other parts of England may struggle to see the spectacle, owing to unfavourable weather conditions.

What will the supermoon look like?

A supermoon seen over Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Credit: PA

People can expect it to look up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter in the sky as it reaches its closest point to Earth, known as its perigee.

April’s supermoon is the third of the year, following the worm moon on March 9.

The next full moon is referred to as the Flower Moon, which takes place on May 7.