Pink Moon: Europe illuminated by lunar light show


Stargazers have enjoyed the emergence of what is known as a pink moon in the night skies of Europe.

Despite its name, there is not any noticeable colour difference to the full moon - due to reach a peak in the UK at 03:55 BST on Wednesday.

The pink supermoon name is a northern Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower and is first seen across North America as spring begins.

Tuesday evening's lunar light show was captured through breathtaking images.

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image captionApril's supermoon is the third of the year, following the worm moon on 9 March. Here, the moon is seen above Windsor Castle on Tuesday evening
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image captionA bright glow was cast on central London as the city continued to observe social distancing measures
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image captionThe pink moon rises over the Shard skyscraper in London
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image captionThe scene at Mow Cop in Staffordshire. The hashtags #supermoon, #pinkmoon and #superpinkmoon all trended on social media as the UK looked skyward
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image captionThe view from the Angel of the North in Gateshead. The moon can look up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky as it reaches its closest point to Earth, known as its perigee
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image captionThe supermoon radiated over landmarks, such as the Kelpies sculpture in Falkirk, Scotland. Many people on social media reflected on how the lunar light projects a sense of calm and positivity amid the coronavirus pandemic
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image captionElsewhere in Europe, the pink supermoon rose above well-known landmarks including the Reichstag Building in Berlin
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image captionThe majesty of Rome was illuminated by the supermoon
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image captionIn Paris, the supermoon could be seen between the two towers of Notre Dame
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image captionThousands - including a family at the Rock of Dunamase in the Republic of Ireland - took pause to glance upwards and take in the view
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image captionPink supermoon rose over Highgate Hill in north London

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