SKYGAZERS have captured some striking pictures of April’s ‘pink’ super moon across Dorset and the New Forest.

Photographers have shared their photos of the spectacle which lit up the skies last night.

This month’s full moon is the biggest and brightest of 2021.

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Picture by Viktorija Labute

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Picture by Sharon Wheeler 

The moon appears around seven per cent bigger and 15 per cent brighter than a typical full moon.

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Picture by Teri Francis

The full moon in April is nicknamed after the pink flowers which bloom at this time of the year.

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Picture by Hanh Hoang

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Picture by Sally Rufus 

It is also called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon in other parts of the world.

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Picture by Vanessa Knowling

It is a supermoon because it is at its closest to Earth, making it appear bigger and brighter than usual. 

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Picture by Claire Sheppard

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Picture by Suzanne Patterson

A Supermoon appears when the moon is at its closest point to Earth and therefore at its brightest. The Moon has to come within 90 per cent of its closest approach to Earth (224,865 miles) to be formally defined as a Super Moon.

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Picture by Tracey Ann Smith

It means we on earth are able to see the entire full face of the moon lit up by the sun, and the moon’s proximity should mean that it will be possible to view craters and other surface features, even without binoculars or a telescope.

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Picture by Danny Howe 

If you missed it last night, you’ll have another chance to see it in full over the next few nights.

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Picture by Viola Wojcik

These images were taken by members of the Daily Echo’s Camera Club group on Facebook.

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Picture by Dan Mapes 

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