This could be our best chance yet to witness this celestial event.
A ‘pink supermoon’ will light up the skies across the UK tonight and it’s a spectacle not to be missed.
There is a slight catch though. Whilst the skies were tinged pink at sunrise this morning, we aren’t necessarily set to see the same this evening. Despite what the name suggests, we aren’t likely to see any drastic change in moon colour, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be any less impressive.
Spectators can expect tonight’s supermoon to look up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky upon reaching its closest point to Earth.
This moon is officially referred to as a perigean full moon, but the name ‘Pink Moon’ derives from Native American folklore as it usually coincides with flower blossoms in spring.
Whilst we may feel a little cheated over the lack of colour, a supermoon is still a sight to behold and one thing we can be grateful for is that, according to the Met Office, we are set for clear skies across the North West from 9pm tonight.
Given the typical weather we are known for here in Manchester, the skies are often too dark and cloudy for any supermoon to be properly appreciated, as has been the case for the previous two supermoons this year, but tonight is looking to be our best chance to see one in a long time.
The pink supermoon is set to reach peak illumination just after 6pm GMT, though it may not be visible until after sunset.
The next full moon is referred to as ‘the Flower Moon’ and will take place on 7th May.