When, where and how you can see April's pink 'supermoon' in Blackpool

A pink supermoon is set to brighten the night skies soon, appearing bigger and brighter than usual - here is when it will rise over Blackpool.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 7:38 pm

The title of supermoon is granted to full and new moons that pass Earth at the closest point in their orbit, which in April and May will be less than 360,000km (224,000 miles).

April's supermoon will appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than some previous full moons, meaning it will be the brightest full moon of 2021 so far.

Despite its name, the moon won't be a different colour - it is actually named after pink flowers known as phlox, which bloom in the springtime.

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April's supermoon will appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than some previous full moons. (Getty Images)

But in the right conditions, the moon can sometimes look like it has a pink hue due to clouds, dust or air pollution in the atmosphere, distorting the sun's light which reflects off the moon towards the Earth.

The celestial event is expected to take place just before sunset on April 27 as the moon rises in the east and will be visible until it sets in the west the next morning.

Anna Ross, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, said: "The average distance of the moon from the Earth is 384,400km, but the moon will reach its closest point this lunar month on April 27 at 4.24am, when it will be 357,379 km away.

"The exact moment of the full moon closest to this point - so the supermoon - is also on April 27, but at 04:31.

"This means that the best times to view this supermoon will be anytime during the night of April 27 - when the moon will rise in the east just before sunset and set in the west around sunrise."

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However, there is no rush to see the pink moon for yourself, as it will also appear full for another two or three nights after this.

It will be visible from any part of the UK as long as long as it is not too cloudy, but the Met Office predicts conditions in the resort may not be the best for viewing the phenomenon.

Tuesday is expected to be a cloudy day with scattered showers in the morning.

These showers are expected to become more frequent and heavy during the afternoon and into the night.

If you do wish to try and get a picture of the supermoon, make sure to turn off the flash - it will do nothing to illuminate the night sky and will only result in a worse photo.

To share your photos of the pink supermoon with us, send them to [email protected] along with your name, age and location.

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