How to Spot the Next Pink Supermoon on April 27 in Singapore
If you enjoy watching the different phases of the moon, it is time to get excited because a spectacular pink supermoon is expected to appear in Singapore's skies on April 27.
The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time. It will go from Sunday night till Wednesday morning.
If you have never seen a pink supermoon or don't know what all the fuss is about, we are here to tell you everything you need to know about it.
No, it won't be pink
For starters, the moon will not actually be pink. Though the moon will be very much brighter than normal, it will still be its usual colour.
So why is it called a pink moon?
It was named for the North American phlox which is a pink flower that typically blooms in April.
How is it different from your usual full moon?
What's special about a supermoon compared to a typical full moon, according to Earthsky.org, is that a supermoon occurs when "a new or full moon closely [coincides] with perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit."
The site added that a full moon or new moon has to come within 90 per cent of its closes approach to Earth for it to be called a supermoon.
This means that the moon will appear much larger and closer than normal. It will make a fantastic photo and a great experience even if you are not in the habit of tracking the moon.
When is the best time to spot it?
If you are keen to spot the moon yourself, it will be at its brightest on April 27. Typically, supermoons will be visible for about 20 minutes.
If you can't make it, don't worry because there will be another super full moon on May 26.