Pink supermoon graces skies over a world hushed by shutdowns

The pink supermoon rising over Wat Saket, also known as the Temple of the Golden Mount, in Bangkok on Wednesday. Seen over Tuesday and Wednesday in various regions of the globe, it was the largest and brightest of the full moons that the world will s
The pink supermoon rising over Wat Saket, also known as the Temple of the Golden Mount, in Bangkok on Wednesday. Seen over Tuesday and Wednesday in various regions of the globe, it was the largest and brightest of the full moons that the world will see this year. PHOTO: REUTERS
Above: The supermoon seen next to a flagpole light in Kappara, Malta, on Tuesday. Right: Storks in their nests, with the supermoon in the background, in the village of Rzanicino, near the capital Skopje, in North Macedonia on Tuesday. PHOTOS: REUTERS
Avid stargazer A. Kannan, a civil servant who lives in Woodlands in Singapore, captured this shot of the astronomical event on Tuesday. PHOTO: A. KANNAN
Above: The supermoon seen next to a flagpole light in Kappara, Malta, on Tuesday.
Above: The supermoon seen next to a flagpole light in Kappara, Malta, on Tuesday.PHOTO: REUTERS, EPA-EFE
The pink supermoon rising over Wat Saket, also known as the Temple of the Golden Mount, in Bangkok on Wednesday. Seen over Tuesday and Wednesday in various regions of the globe, it was the largest and brightest of the full moons that the world will s
Above: Storks in their nests, with the supermoon in the background, in the village of Rzanicino, near the capital Skopje, in North Macedonia on Tuesday. PHOTO: REUTERS, EPA-EFE
The supermoon seen through the branches of the supertrees at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay on Wednesday.
The supermoon seen through the branches of the supertrees at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay on Wednesday.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

While most of Singapore stayed home as the country entered the second day of its one-month circuit breaker on Wednesday, barren streets and hushed neighbourhoods were lit by the glow of an astronomical event that was silently gracing the night skies overhead.

The pink supermoon, seen over April 7 and 8 in various regions of the world, was the largest and brightest of the full moons that Singapore and the rest of the world will see this year. It was most visible here on April 8 for about 20 minutes, from 10.35am to 10.55am.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2020, with the headline 'Pink supermoon graces skies over a world hushed by shutdowns'. Print Edition | Subscribe