This moon was also the Paschal Moon, which is how the date is set for Easter each year (hence why Easter falls on this Sunday, the first one after the Paschal Moon). "Even with the unaided eye, you can see the dark blotches on it which are the basalt plains", Brown said.
A supermoon happens when the moon reaches the closest point to Earth in its 27-day orbit and it happens to be full, which occurs approximately once a year.
Of the three supermoons this year, April's supermoon will come closest to our planet - and thus appear the largest. It will occur when the moon is within 90% of perigee, which is its closest approach to Earth in orbit.
He explained that the moon doesn't orbit the Earth in a ideal circle.
Due to the optical effect known as the moon illusion, the full moon can seem huge when rising behind distant objects on the horizon. A supermoon appears especially impressive. And, although the moon won't be very pink, it will be a bright, eye-catching shade of orange. Here's when you can see them.
Hurricane season begins in June: Activity will be 'above average, ' forecasters warn. Scientists call this cosmic combo a supermoon. Those traditions can lead to some exciting moon origin stories, such as last month's "Full Worm Moon".
This dazzling moon gets its name from the moss-pink flowers that bloom in the northern hemisphere during the early spring.
Most full moon names trace back to Native Americans, or to Colonial-era sources, according to the Farmer's Almanac.
Each full moon has its own name, from January's wolf moon to December's cold moon.