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Pink supermoon stuns viewers across the world

'Pink Supermoon' Glows Over Greece A rare pink super moon to light up the sky tonight
Deanna Wagner | 27 April, 2021, 23:15

Technically, we could call the May full moon the Super Flower Blood Moon because it coincides with a total lunar eclipse, which gives the moon a reddish color.

Mark your calendars because there's a rare pink super moon gracing our skies on Tuesday night, and it'll be the brightest full moon we've seen all year.

The first supermoon of 2021 dazzled viewers across the world on Monday night.

The moon approached the Earth at a distance of 356,379 kilometres (perigee) on Monday.

Unfortunately, in Wales there will be quite a lot of cloud cover over the next few evenings, somewhat obstructing our view of the pink supermoon.

The agency notes that, depending on the interpretation of Nolle's definition, there can be two to four full supermoons in a row and two to four new supermoons in a row during the course of a typical year.

The supermoon
The supermoon

The term "supermoon" was coined in 1979, with Nasa saying: "When a full moon appears at perigee [its closest point to Earth] it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon - and that's where we get a "supermoon".

Astronomer and Earthsky contributor Bruce McClure wrote: "Some astronomers complain about the name supermoon".

NASA said that the periodical began publishing American Indian Moon names for the months of the year in the 1930s and that the term Pink Moon was named for the herb moss pink, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox or mountain phlox.

It's called the "pink" supermoon as it's the super moon that's closest to the flower blossom season. This name comes from a list of moon names published in The Old Farmer's Almanac, which they say "come from Native American, Colonial American, or other traditional North American sources passed down through generations".

The moon rises over the scaffolding surrounding the entrance to the Jefferson Memorial, in Washington, late Monday, April, 26, 2021.

You'll have another chance to catch the moon if you missed it. Or you can wait until May's supermoon peaks on May 26.

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