Stargazing for April 2020

The Year's Best Supermoon and Finding Easter's Date

March 27, 2020
Moon and Girl

No need for a telescope! Here are a couple fun astronomical tidbits for April.

Watch for a Supermoon!

In April 2020, the full Moon arrives in the evening hours of Tuesday, April 7. It will be its brightest and fullest at 10:35 P.M. Eastern Time.

This full Moon is extra special because it will also be a supermoon! This means that it will be just a tiny bit bigger and brighter than the usual full Moon, though it’s difficult to tell just by looking at it. To really tell the difference between a supermoon and a regular full Moon, you would need to see them side by side in the sky!

For the best view of this full Moon, which is traditionally called the Full Pink Moon, venture outside after dark on Tuesday the 7th. Read more about the Full Pink Moon here!

Find the Date of Easter with Astronomy

Did you know that the date of Easter depends on the full Moon and the spring equinox? 

That’s right! Easter’s date, which is different every year, is determined by the dates of the spring equinox and the full Moon. The holiday is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full Moon of the spring season. This full Moon is called the “Paschal full Moon.”

Try It Yourself:

Can you calculate Easter’s Date? 

Here’s what you need to know: 

  • The first day of spring (the spring equinox) was March 19.
  • There was a full Moon on Monday, March 9, and there will be a full Moon on Tuesday, April 7.

So, when is Easter this year?