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The final week of April will kick off with a full moon, known this month as the pink moon. Plus it's a supermoon!
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The final week of April will kick off with a full moon, known this month as the pink moon. Plus it's also a "supermoon."
The moon will officially become full at 11:32 p.m. ET Monday, April 26, but will look plenty full when it rises above the eastern horizon Monday evening.
However, before you get your hopes up, the moon won't look pink, the Old Farmer's Almanac cautioned.
"The moon will be its usual golden color near the horizon and fade to a bright white as it glides overhead," the Almanac said.
So why is it called the pink moon?
"April’s full moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain pink wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata – commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox – which also went by the name 'moss pink,'" the Almanac said.
NASA said that other names for this moon include the sprouting grass moon, the egg moon, and among coastal tribes of North America, the fish moon, as this was when the shad swam upstream to spawn.
And it's also the first of two supermoons this year: A supermoon occurs when the full moon is at its closest approach to Earth in its orbit. The moon appears larger because it's at a distance of 222,064 miles versus an average of 240,000 miles, according to Space.com.
The moon looks slightly bigger and brighter at this time. On average, supermoons are about 7% bigger and about 15% brighter than a typical full moon.
The term “supermoon” was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle. It has become an increasingly popular and media-friendly term in the decades since then. According to NASA, it's used by the media today to describe what astronomers would call a perigean full moon.
NASA also said that different publications and organizations use slightly different thresholds for deciding which full moons qualify as supermoons, but for 2021 all agree the two full moons in April and May are supermoons.
May's supermoon will occur on May 26.
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25 April, 2021 - 09:10pm
Like it or not, hype has become a staple of the media these days. Some entities lean on it more than others. The term “supermoon” fits in nicely with the hype-happy folks. Before I’m accused of being a curmudgeon and total killjoy, the full moon Monday night will indeed be a little bigger in the sky than average, but not all that much bigger and dramatic. For many folks, unless they’re told we have a supermoon they probably wouldn’t know the difference. That’s certainly not meant as a put down because honestly, the moon isn’t all that much bigger.
The full moon's size in the sky depends on how close or far our lunar companion is from Earth. Since the moon’s 27.3-day orbit around the Earth is slightly elliptical, the moon has a minimum distance from Earth called "perigee," and a maximum distance from Earth called "apogee." Meanwhile, the cycle of the moon’s phases (from new moon to new moon) is a little longer at 29.5 days. Because these cycles are not in sync, the full moon’s distance from Earth varies.
When the moon is at perigee, it’s only around 221,000 miles away. At apogee, the moon is about 252,000 miles from Earth. For a full moon to be considered a supermoon, it has to be at the right place at the right time. The full moon has to be, by definition, within 90% of the perigee distance. This requirement for a supermoon, and the term itself, doesn’t originate from an astronomer, but rather an astrologer. A supermoon is only 7% larger than an average full moon and only 14% brighter. It’s not that big of a deal. A full moon at apogee is considered a “wimpy moon” by some folks, but it’s not all that smaller than average.
Quite often, when there’s a supermoon, you’ll see video on TV newscasts of a tremendously large supermoon rising just above the horizon. They’ll say something like, “Look at that big supermoon.” Again, I hope I’m not coming off as a curmudgeon, but any full moon will appear large when it’s rising or setting near the horizon. That’s an optical illusion.
When a rising full moon gets a little higher in the sky, it appears smaller, but it isn’t. You can prove this to yourself. When a full moon is first rising, hold one of your fingers at arm’s length against the moon and compare the width of the moon with the width of your finger. Later in the evening, when the moon seems smaller and higher in the sky, hold that same finger at arm’s length against the moon, and I can guarantee it won’t be any smaller.
I hope you don’t think that I’m too tough on the media and others about the supermoon, but I want to set the record straight as an amateur astronomer. No matter what label someone tacks on to a full moon, it’s lovely at any size!
By the way, that bright star to the lower right of the moon on Monday night is Spica, over 250 light-years away and over 14 times the diameter of our sun.
25 April, 2021 - 09:10pm
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