A "Pink Supermoon" Is Appearing in the Night Sky This Week

But don't go looking for an actual pink-colored moon.

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(SPOT.ph) If you're tired of staring at your computer screens, whether for work or just for passing time while we're all still in quarantine, then this is the perfect excuse to focus your attention somewhere else. A "pink supermoon" is appearing in the night sky on April 27, 11:22 p.m. according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. It's the second largest full moon of 2021, with the first happening a month later.

The moon is at perigee (the point when it's closest to the Earth) on Tuesday, 11:22 p.m. with a distance of 357,378 kilometers. But it's even closer at 11:32 a.m. earlier that day, which means people from other side of the planet probably have a better view.

What is a pink supermoon?

Before you go looking for a pink-colored moon, the pink supermoon is just a name for a glorious full moon that appears to be bigger and brighter because of its proximity to Earth. It looks larger than the usual, that's why it's "super"—not to be mistaken for a superhero nor a Sailormoon. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) also explains that the term supermoon is "astrological in origin and has no precise astronomical definition" and was popularized by astrologer Richard Nolle.

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The color pink, on the other hand, is named after the full moon's timing. Centuries ago, Native Americans used the moon to track the time of the year and the seasons. The April full moon occurs after the Spring equinox, which signals the arrival of the new season as well as the blooming of the Phlox subulata or the moss pink flower.

Main image from Shutterstock; for illustrative purposes only.

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