Dust off your binoculars, earmark a comfortable perch next to an east-facing window, set your alarm clock and prepare for a front row seat to witness a true natural wonder of the world.
Because at exactly 3.35am on Wednesday morning, the vast Pink Super Moon will sit high aloft, lighting our skies in all its magnificent lunar glory.
Every April, sandwiched between the Worm Moon of March and the Flower Moon of May, the Pink Moon rises to hang like a great glowing orb in the sky, almost impossibly large, bright and full.
But this year, meteorologists expect it to be bigger and brighter than ever —B thanks in part to its proximity to the earth, but in particular because of the clear skies forecast this week and reduced air pollution caused by the coronavirus lockdown.
For in the early hours of tomorrow morning, the moon, whose orbit is not circular around the earth, will be at its closest possible point to our planet (its ‘perigee’) — just 225,623 miles away, compared to the average Moon-Earth distance of 252,088 miles. As a result, it will appear 14 per cent bigger and a third brighter than usual.
All of which means that those with a telescope, a pair of binoculars, or even particularly beady eyes, will be able to make out some of its vast plains, jagged mountains, ancient volcanoes and the brutal scars from endless meteorite bombardment.