A LUNAR phenomenon is set to light up the skies tonight.

If weather conditions are right, you'll be able to look up and see the incredible "super pink moon" once the sun sets - and its set to be the biggest moon of 2020.

Although the full moon won't peak until Wednesday night at 3.35am, experts still believe that tonight will be the largest moon of the year as its elliptical orbit brings it to its closet point to earth.

Experts say it will look most impressive as it rises over the horizon after 7.15pm tonight - and it should have a slightly orange glow.

According to NASA, the super pink moon isn't named for its colour; Native Americans initially named it as it marked the appearance of pink flowers.

Professor Tim O'Brien, professor of astrophysics and associate director of Jodrell Bank Observatory, said: "The larger apparent size of these so-called supermoons isn't always easy to spot.

"In fact, the most obvious factor affecting the apparent size of the moon is actually an optical illusion where the moon looks bigger when it is nearer the horizon.

"So as the moon is rising after 7.15 pm, it should look particularly impressive.

"You may even see it looking an orangey colour as we see it by reflected sunlight which has been scattered through the Earth's atmosphere emphasising the redder colours."

This super moon will stay visible in our skies until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Any amateur stargazers hoping to catch a peak should look out from an east-facing window or garden tonight and a west-facing window if you wish to spot it in the morning.

The super pink moon, also known as the sprouting grass moon or the fish moon is the third super moon of 2020 - with the full crow supermoon last month, and the super snow moon in February.

Next month we will see the fourth and final super moon of the year - the super flower moon on May 7, 2020.

  • If you take any pictures tonight email them to charlotte.ikonen@theargus.co.uk.