The largest, brightest super moon of 2020 rose in the night sky last night over hushed cities, stilled factories and countries in lockdown due to the novel coronavirus.
If the moon is within 10% of its closest distance to the earth at the moment of full moon, it is considered to be a super moon, according the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.
April’s full moon will be the closest super moon of 2020, and it is also known as the ‘Pink Moon’ after the pink flowers that start to appear in the fields this month in some places.
— James Crombie (@INPHOjames) April 7, 2020
Watching in Beijing one local resident said: “The epidemic situation in China is getting better and better. This may represent something good… I’m happy when I see it.”
Mainland China reported no coronavirus deaths yesterday for the first time since the pandemic began and a drop in new cases, a day before the central city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged late in December, was set to lift its lockdown.
In Spain, where the virus is still raging and 743 people died in the last day to take the death toll to almost 14,000, residents of the capital Madrid clapped for health workers from their balconies and windows beneath the super moon.
The next full moon is referred to as the Flower Moon, which takes place on 7 May.