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Stargazers marvel at emerging pink supermoon in skies above UK

People have being grabbing cameras and smartphones to try and record the lunar light show

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A pink supermoon rises over the Rock of Dunamase in County Laois in the Republic of Ireland. Despite its name, there is no actual colour change to the appearance of the lunar surface - it is a Northern Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower, which starts to pop up in the US and Canada at the beginning of spring.

A pink supermoon rises over the Rock of Dunamase in County Laois in the Republic of Ireland. Despite its name, there is no actual colour change to the appearance of the lunar surface - it is a Northern Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower, which starts to pop up in the US and Canada at the beginning of spring.

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By Paul Hunter

By Paul Hunter

By Paul Hunter

By Tom Watts from Armagh Observatory and Planeterium

By Tom Watts from Armagh Observatory and Planeterium

By Tom Watts from Armagh Observatory and Planeterium

By Tom Watts from Armagh Observatory and Planeterium

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By Lisa Reid

By Brian Nicholl from Coalisland, Co Tyrone

By Brian Nicholl from Coalisland, Co Tyrone

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By Andrew McCarroll, AM Photography NI

By Andrew McCarroll, AM Photography NI

By Andrew McCarroll, AM Photography NI

By Aiden Lennon in Belfast

By Aiden Lennon in Belfast

The pink moon rises over Ballycastle Co Antrim on Tuesday night, thousands of people in isolation came into their gardens to witness the Super Moon. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

The pink moon rises over Ballycastle Co Antrim on Tuesday night, thousands of people in isolation came into their gardens to witness the Super Moon. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

A pink supermoon rises over the Rock of Dunamase in County Laois in the Republic of Ireland. Despite its name, there is no actual colour change to the appearance of the lunar surface - it is a Northern Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower, which starts to pop up in the US and Canada at the beginning of spring.

Stargazing enthusiasts have been marvelling at the emergence of a pink supermoon in the night skies over the UK.

Across the country, people have being grabbing cameras and smartphones to try and record the lunar light show on Tuesday evening.

Twitter users have posted their attempts to capture the view above them and to share their enjoyment at the “amazing” and “beautiful” sight.

Despite its name, there will not be any noticeable colour difference to the full moon, which is due to reach its peak during the early hours of Wednesday at 3.55am.

The pink supermoon name is a northern Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower, which starts to pop up in the US and Canada at the beginning of spring.

One user on Twitter commented: “It’s great that we can all do something positive and #lookup in these dark times.”

Another urged fellow tweeters: “That moon is beautiful tonight. Look out your window or step into your garden/balcony if you have one.”

“If anyone needs a moment of calm, take a look at the moon right now,” another Twitter user commented.

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A pink supermoon is seen over Belvoir castle in Leicestershire (Danny Lawson/PA)

A pink supermoon is seen over Belvoir castle in Leicestershire (Danny Lawson/PA)

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A pink supermoon is seen over Belvoir castle in Leicestershire (Danny Lawson/PA)

Sarah Jones, who took a photo of the moon from her back garden in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire, said: “The moon is one of my favourite things to take photos of, especially when its full.

“I just find it calming to look at and to know how many people in the world can see the same thing.”

In some other cultures, the pink moon is known as the sprouting grass moon, the egg moon, and the fish moon.

As this will also be a supermoon, people can expect it to look up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky as it reaches its closest point to Earth, known as its perigee.

April’s supermoon is the third of the year, following the worm moon on March 9.

The next full moon is referred to as the Flower Moon, which takes place on May 7.

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