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How to see the 'Super Pink Moon' online in live webcasts today

A "Super Pink Moon" will rise into the evening sky today (April 7), and you can watch it online with webcasts from The Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh.

Tonight's supermoon — named after a pink wildflower, Phlox subulata — will be the closest full moon of 2020. The moon reaches perigee, or the closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit, at 2:08 p.m. EDT (1808 GMT). At that time, the moon will be 221,905 miles (357,122 kilometers) away from Earth, compared to its average distance of 240,000 miles (384,400 km). The moon will become officially full about 8.5 hours after reaching perigee, at 10:35 p.m. EDT (0235 GMT on April 8).

Supermoons, or full moons that coincide with the moon's perigee, appear about 7% larger and 15% brighter than the average full moon. However, the difference may not be noticeable to the casual observer. To get a closer view of tonight's Super Pink Moon — and to learn about the science and history of this special moon-gazing event, two online observatories are offering free webcasts today. 

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The Virtual Telescope Project

The Virtual Telescope Project, an online observatory founded by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi of the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory in Ceccano, Italy, will stream live views of the Super Pink Moon rising over Rome beginning at 1:30 p.m. EDT (1730 GMT). You can watch it live in the window above, courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project, or directly via its YouTube channel.

"Looking up at the skies while all around the planet we are battling COVID-19, is a precious source of beauty and strength, ideally connecting all of us with the cosmos where we live," Masi said in a statement. "You are invited to safely join our free, live webcast from the comfort of your home." 

"We will admire our satellite rising above the skyline of Rome, the Eternal City, enjoying the largest full moon of the year," he added. "All this while we celebrate in April the 2020 Global Astronomy Month, the world's largest global celebration of astronomy: this event is part of the international happening."

Slooh

A comparison of the apparent size of a perigee moon, or "supermoon," and an apogee moon ("minimoon") as seen through Slooh's Half Meter Telescope at its Canary Islands Observatory in 2015. (Image credit: Slooh)

Later today, the online observatory Slooh will host another live webcast of the Super Pink Moon. 

Slooh's webcast will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 GMT), and you can watch it live here on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh, or directly via Slooh's YouTube channel.

Slooh astronomer Paul Cox and his team of experts and educators, including the renowned astronomy writer Bob Berman, will discuss the science and history of the supermoon while showing live views from Slooh's telescopes at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and in Chile.

Editor's note: If you have an amazing supermoon photo you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, you can send images and comments in to spacephotos@space.com.

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  • Catastrophe
    But, as stated, it is not really pink.
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  • rod
    I find it interesting to read about supermoons, etc. This is a report from 1981 about lunar extreme perigees and apogees for the period 1750 through 2125 AD. Extreme Perigees and Apogees of the Moon If you track full moons near perigee, at most about 4 arcminute angular size difference shows up, the photo in the article demonstrates this.
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  • rod
    FYI, that super pink Moon is lovely tonight, I was just viewing from a window. It is not pink though but does look supersized :)
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  • Wolfshadw
    Missed moonrise, but looked beautiful in all her glory. Tough call between the moon and Venus tonight, which seemed especially bright in the MN skies tonight.

    -Wolf sends
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