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Friday, May 1, 2020

Super Pink Moon 2020


A Super Moon occurs when full Moon in its orbit is at the nearest distance to the Earth. The super moon looks 14% larger than regular full moon and it is 30% more brighter. 
Astrologer Richard Nolle was first to define super moon in 1979. According to him a full moon or a new moon which comes at 90% closed proximity to the Earth termed as super moon. To know more about super moon in depth visit NASA article on Super moon.
This time around, we're getting what people often call a 'super moon' as well as a full Moon, because the Moon will be in perigee: the closest possible point to us in its elliptic orbit, a mere 357,035 kilometres or 221,851 miles away from Earth.

And, as we well know, super moons tend to attract quite a bit of poetry. This time around, the event is also being referred to as 'pink' thanks to the beautiful Pink Phlox flowers that bloom in spring in the US and Canada.

Even if it's not going to loom pink, we think looking up at the night skies to admire the bright ball may give us all a few minutes of respite from worrying about these trying times that we're all going through.

It won't actually be pink, but it will appear to be the biggest and brightest of all the full Moons of 2020.

The pink super moon will be visible in the night skies over Australia on the evening of Wednesday 8 April. If you're following in the UK, the brightness peak will be in the early hours of April 8, and for US moon-watchers the best time to get out and look up is the evening of Tuesday 7 April. In India the peak would be on 8th April, morning 8:05am.

As it happens, we're actually in the middle of a run of super moons right now, with March, April and May all having one. If you miss this one, you won't have to wait long for the next opportunity.

Moon Orbit - apogee and Perigee

  1. The Moon orbits Earth in an ellipse, an oval that brings it closer to and farther from Earth as it goes around.
  2. The farthest point in this ellipse is called the apogee and is about 253,000 miles (405,500 kilometres) from Earth on average.
  3. Its closest point is the perigee, which is an average distance of about 226,000 miles (363,300 kilometres) from Earth.
  4. When a full moon appears at perigee it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon—and that's where we get a "super moon".

How many Super moons in a year?

There can be 3-4 new moon, even 3-4 full moon in a year which termed to be super moon.
The different types of moons
Here are some of the most interesting moon phases and when to see them... A Blue Moon refers to the occasion when a full moon appears for the second time in the same month, this is very rare and the next Blue Moon should occur on Halloween in 2020.The Harvest Moon appears around the time of the autumnal equinox when farmers tend to do their main crop harvesting.A Super moon appears when it is at its closest point to Earth and therefore at its brightest, the next one will appear in September.A Blood Moon occurs during a total lunar eclipse, the next one should happen in May 2020.Each month of the year actually has its own special full moon phenomenon, they are as follows: 

January: Wolf Moon
February: Snow Moon
March: Worm Moon
April: Pink Moon
May: Flower Moon
June: Strawberry Moon
July: Buck Moon
August: Sturgeon Moon
September: Full Corn Moon
October: Hunter's Moon
November: Beaver Moon
December: Cold Moon.

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