In the light of the Super Pink Moon, look for the radiant Tycho crater

Astrophotographer John Chumack took this image of Tycho Crater on the moon’s surface on Feb. 19, 2016.  (Image credit: John Chumack/

If you look up at the Super Pink Moon this Monday (April 26), don’t expect to see anything rosy — this full moon is named after a flower, the wild ground phlox, which proliferates during April and has a distinctive pinkish coloration. But with binoculars, you may be able to spot a magnificent lunar feature.

While most amateur and professional astronomers detest a full moon because its dazzling light blots out all but the brightest stars, the lunar disk appears flat and one-dimensional, and its topography is hard to distinguish, there is one feature that appears at its best during a full moon: Tycho, a crater named after Tycho Brahe, a 16th-century Danish nobleman, astronomer and writer known for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical observations.


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