MOON OBSERVATION #4: SUPER PINK MOON 2020 • MOON & VENUS CONJUNCTION • METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES

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Supermoon

The Moon reached perigee –Moon’s closest point as it orbits Earth –on 08 April 2020 at 02:09 AM (PhST) with a perigee distance of 357,016.803 km. A supermoon is actually a modern astrological term coined by Richard Nole and defined it as “a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit”. In astronomy, it is called as Perigee Full Moon – a full moon that is closer to Earth than average. According to NASA, a supermoon or perigee full moon can be as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than an apogee full moon. However a 30% difference in brightness can easily be masked by clouds or the competing glare of urban lights.

The smaller distance between Earth and the full moon makes the supermoon appear about 7% larger than the average full moon and 14% larger than a full moon at apogee, or its farthest distance from Earth — also known as a “minimoon.” A supermoon also appears up to 30% brighter than a full moon at apogee. 

The Pink Moon isn’t really pink.
Despite its moniker, the Pink Moon isn’t actually pink. The name “Pink Moon” comes from the bloom of ground phlox, a pink flower common in North America, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It has also been called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon.

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