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Super "Pink Moon" tonight! Here's all you need to know

Super Pink Moon is tonight Credit: PA Image
Super Pink Moon Credit: Taken last night by Steve Walker

Tonight there is the opportunity to see the super pink moon; that is if you are prepared to stay up, and if the clouds break! Sadly, unless you have a big lens on your camera, you may find it difficult to photograph it on an ordinary phone, but if you do have success, do send them through to me @sophiaweather (twitter) or channelweather@itv.com (there are more details at the bottom of this page to tell you best tips on taking a photo)

What is a supermoon?

A super moon is a new or full moon at its closest to Earth, and it accentuates the tide around the islands. Supermoons occur about 3 or 4 times a year, and coincide with the moon's closest point to Earth, or perigee. In this case, tonight it will be 221,772 miles from Earth, which is closer than both the two previous full moons. In general, a supermoon can be up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than a normal full moon.

Will this Super Pink Moon, be pink?

No! The reason it is called a Super Pink Moon, has nothing to do with its colour - it is actually named after the spring blossom of pink phlox flowers that usually accompanies April’s full moon in the US! It has also been called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon in other countries.

What time is the best time to see it?

You should be able to see the moon from nightfall on tonight (Tuesday night). In the Channel Islands, that means you should keep an eye to the skies from around 19.50, but it will be at its brightest and best when it peaks at 03:35 BST on Wednesday morning.

Did you know........

Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon (this Pink Super Moon)

Easter is celebrated immediately after the Super Moon Credit: PA Image

Tips on how to photograph a supermoon can be found on the National Geographic webpage here If you do ahve any good photos, do please send them to me @sophiaweather or channelweather@itv.com