Pink supermoon to be visible in Mansfield and Ashfield skies tonight - here’s the best time to see it

A pink supermoon is set to brighten the night skies over Mansfield and Ashfield – and these will be the best times to see it.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 6:59 pm

The full moon in April is also known as the ‘pink moon’ as it is named after pink flowers, known as phlox, which bloom in the springtime.

The celestial event is expected to take place from Monday night until Tuesday morning.

A supermoon occurs when a full moon is closest to the earth.

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Last year's pink supermoon. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

During these events, the moon can appear up to 14 per cent bigger in the sky and be up to 30 per cent brighter.

Anna Ross, an astronomer from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, told reporters: "The average distance of the moon from the Earth is 384,400km, but the moon will reach its closest point this lunar month on 27 April (this Tuesday) at 4.24pm, 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 27 April, but at 4.31am.

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

Here is the weather forecast for tonight and Tuesday morning for Mansfield:

- 8pm – sunny intervals

- 9pm – partly cloudy

- 10pm – partly cloudy

- 11pm – partly cloudy

- Midnight – clear sky

- 1am – clear sky

- 2am – clear sky

- 3am –partly cloudy

- 4am – partly cloudy – when moon will be brightest.