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A "Super Pink Moon" – The Biggest Super Moon Of The Year – Will Be Visible Tonight From Ireland

Tonight (April 7), if you look up at the night sky, you'll see the "Super Pink Moon," the most impressive supermoon of the year.

Set your alarm to witness something extra special tonight. 

A "Super Pink Moon" is set to illuminate skies across Ireland on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to astronomy experts. 

A supermoon is a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.

The full moon will be at perigee-syzygy – meaning it will be closest to the Earth at some 356,907 kilometres away — and the Earth, moon and sun will all align.

This means that when a the moon is at perigee-syzygy, it will look larger and brighter than usual.

But, because perigee-syzygy isn't that catchy, the term "supermoon" came about – and this particular full moon was additionally nicknamed the "Super Pink Moon." 

However, this doesn't mean that the moon will actually be pink in colour. 

This particular supermoon got its name because the April full moon often corresponds with the blooming of pink Phlox subulata flowers in the US and Canada. Still, Tuesday night's moon will appear around 30% brighter and 15% larger than when the moon is at its furthest point from the Earth.

According to NASA, the full moon will be closest to Earth shortly after 3:30am on Wednesday morning, so setting alarms to ensure you don't miss it is paramount. 

For those not keen to forego sleep, the moon will appear larger and brighter than normal tonight and over the next couple of days.

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