When and how to see tonight's pink supermoon in the Hunter

Readers will be able to flick through the pages of their local newspaper at midnight thanks to the light of the moon, according to astronomer David Reneke.

Tuesday night will see the 'pink supermoon' rise over the east coast of Australia, the first of two super moon events this year.

"The moon will be slightly pink in colour, slightly bigger and 15 per cent brighter," Mr Reneke said.

"The effect will be best seen as the moon is rising which will be just after 5.30pm on the east coast. It will be so bright you will be able to read a newspaper at midnight."

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The lunar phenomenon occurs when the moon is at its closest approach to Earth. While the term supermoon is not an astronomical one, it is a popular astrological name which dates back to The Old Farmer's Almanac from 1792, according to Mr Reneke. The book is a guide to planting and sowing crops based on the moon's phases.

"Tonight will be the largest supermoon of 2021, it will bring king tides and be a great time to drop a line," Mr Reneke said.

"All you need is a clear view of the sky."

The astronomer suggested heading to the beach for the best view as the moon skirts above the horizon. He also said the naked eye will get a much more impressive look at the supermoon compared to using a telescope.

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