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Gaze at the Pink Supermoon this April

Gaze at the Pink Supermoon this April

The next full moon falls on April 26th, and it’s a sight you don’t want to miss. Not only isn’t going to be a full moon, but it’s also going to be a Pink Supermoon. While it won’t exactly be pink, the sky will be lit with a supermoon that only occurs when the Earth is at a certain distance from the moon’s satellite.

What is a Pink Moon?

Don’t expect to see a moon that has a pink shade that night. The Farmer’s Almanac named it that because the full moon in April, which is Springtime in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s during this time when the moss pink plant, otherwise known as the creeping phlox, is widespread. The Pink Moon will make its appearance on April 26 at 11:32 p.m. EDT, which means it will occur on Tuesday, April 27, here in the Philippines.

Other Names for the Pink Moon

What is referred to as the Pink Moon in the eastern United States is called something else in other parts of the country. Some call it the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg, Moon, or the Full Fish Moon which refers to the season that salmons swam upstream to breed. Based on the Julian Calendar that Eastern Christianity follows, if the full moon falls before Easter, it’s called the Paschal Moon.

The First Supermoon of 2021

Astrologer Richard Noelle coined the term in 1979 to describe the event when the moon is closest to Earth. There are two supermoons expected this year, one on April 26 and the other on May 26 according to NASA. The full moon in May will be slightly closer to the Earth, but only by 0.04%.  Why full supermoons are noteworthy is because we get to view the moon at its biggest and brightest during this natural phenomenon.

There are typically 2 to 4 full supermoons in a year and this is the first to look out for. Catch the best views somewhere with a clear view of the eastern horizon.

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