Catch a Glimpse of the Pink Supermoon Tonight

The next full Moon will be late Monday night, April 26, 2021, appearing opposite the Sun in Earth-based longitude at 8:32 p.m.

The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Sunday night through Wednesday morning, according to NASA.

This full Moon is the first of two supermoons for 2021. The term “supermoon” was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 and refers to either a new or full Moon that occurs when the Moon is within 90% of perigee, its closest approach to Earth

Since we can’t see a new Moon (except when it passes in front of the Sun), what has caught the public’s attention in recent decades are full supermoons, as these are the biggest and brightest full Moons for the year.

These two full Moons are virtually tied, with the full Moon on May 26, 2021, slightly closer to the Earth than the full Moon on April 26, 2021, but only by about 98 miles (157 kilometers), or about 0.04% of the distance from the Earth to the Moon at perigee.

This is the second straight year that supermoons will appear in both April and May.

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