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‘Pink’ Supermoon 2021

‘Pink’ Supermoon 2021

The first supermoon of 2021 is bigger, and brighter flaunted its majestic glimmer last April 26, 2021. The Farmers’ Almanac shows that the moon typically appears 7% bigger and about 15% brighter than a typical full moon. It was labelled as a “pink” moon since it is close to the blooming season; Its name has nothing to do with its color. According to NASA, the April moon got its name after the herb pink moss, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox or mountain phlox, one of the earliest spring flowers appearing in the United States. And just a few days ago, May 26, 2021, another more prominent and brighter blood moon appeared in the dark of night. 

According to Space.com, during the April full moon the inconstancy in the full moon’s distance is affected by the event whenever the moon orbit around the Earth, which isn’t perfectly circular but very slightly elliptical. If the full moon occurs closer to the perigee (the nearest point to Earth on this somewhat elliptical orbit), it can appear bigger than if it happens closer to the apogee (the farthest point).

Expect at least two to four supermoons this year, According to Gordon Johnston of NASA, “different publications 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.” 

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