The April full moon, dubbed the “Super Pink Moon”, amazed observers on Monday (April 26) with its brilliant glow in the night sky.
The super pink moon rose on Monday night and reached full phase at 11:32 pm ET (03:32 am GMT on Tuesday, April 27), illuminating the sky with its big brilliance until dawn on Tuesday. Observers from all over the world, from Italy to England and the United States, have captured stunning views of the pink supermoon, which will be the first of two “supermoons” in 2021, depending on who you ask.
A supermoon occurs when the full moon roughly coincides with the moon’s perigee, or the point in its elliptical orbit where it is closest to Earth. Because of this, the Moon appears 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is farthest from Earth. But how accurately the perigee should be at the exact time of the full moon phase remains a matter of debate; Supermoon is not a technical term used by astronomers. While some say the March full moon was the first supermoon of 2021, others say the April full moon is the first a little closer.
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Although the Super Pink Moon might appear larger in the sky, its color was the same as usual. Its “pink” nickname is associated with wild phlox, which is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring.
Astronauts on the International Space Station captured stunning views of the super pink moon from orbit.
In one photograph taken about 19 hours after the Moon reached full phase, the incomplete Moon “photobombed” an outgoing cargo spacecraft. The Russian unmanned cargo ship Progress 75 undocked from the station on Tuesday (April 27) at 19:11 ET (23:11 GMT).
The virtual telescope project, led by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, shared photos of the super pink moon on Monday night from Rome, Italy.
Despite some cloudiness, Masi snapped pictures of the full moon around 8:30 pm local time (2:30 pm ET). After the sun set in the night sky over Rome, the moon appeared large and bright.
The sky watchers in England also witnessed the April full moon from Monday evening to early Tuesday morning. One observer captured a stunning view of the pink supermoon at Glastonbury as the paragliders flew in front of the full moon rising into the sky on Monday night.
Another observer photographed the full moon early Tuesday morning as it descended beyond Stonehenge in Amesbury, around the same time the moon peaked.
A super pink moon was also captured over the Manhattan skyline in New York City on Monday night. Observers watched the full moon as it rose over the city. In New York, the moonrise occurred at 7:24 pm local time on Monday, according to the time and date.
The Pink Moon will appear full in the sky to casual observers until Wednesday (April 28). When the Moon reached its maximum phase on Monday night, it was about 222,064 miles (357,378 km) from Earth, about 8% closer than the average full moon (240,000 miles or 384,400 km).
If you missed the April supermoon, the next one will occur on May 26, when the Moon is slightly closer to Earth and therefore slightly larger.
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