Are you the one who is fascinated by the heavenly bodies in the skies? Well there is something for you on this coming Tuesday, the 7th of April 2020. The Supermoon also called as Pinkmoon is going to rule the sky. So hey sky gazers. Wear book your seat in the terrace of your house and be ready to witness this wonderful celestial event.
Full Moon on 7th April
7th of April is the date and it will be full moon day and please note that this full moon is going to be the brightest full moon of this year. Now when this full moon becomes special “astronomically” it is called as super moon and this time this supermoon is also called as pink moon.
What is a SuperMoon
OK, Supermoon by definition is quite simple. It is a full moon which looks bigger than regular full moon as it is more closer to earth. Yes during supermoon , the moon is closest to earth.
Supermoon is a astronomical phenomenon and hence there are different ways it is defined by people in this space. Let us look the scientif defination:
“A supermoon is a new or full moon that occurs around the same time as when the Moon is also at the point in its monthly orbit where it closest to Earth. By this definition, there can be several supermoons in a year. “
We all know that the Moon’s orbit around the earth is not a perfect circle, it’s an oval shape path on which the moon revolves around earth.
A nice video from National Geographic
What is Perigee and Apogee?
Because of the oval nature of moons path around earth, the Moon’s distance from Earth changes as it revolves around earth. Also, Earth as well is not placed in the middle of this elliptical orbit, so there are points in the Moon’s orbit where it is closest and farthest from Earth.
So perigee is the point in the Moon’s orbit where it is closest to Earth. And apogee is the point in the Moon’s orbit where it is farthest from Earth.
The Moon makes one full orbit around Earth in about 30 days. So it reaches its Perigee point and Apogee point once in 30 days.
When this happens at the same time as a full moon, it is called SUPERMOON.
How many supermoon’s will be there in 2020
- Super Moon on March 9, also called as Worm Moon
- Super Moon on April 7, also called as Pink Moon
- Super Moon on May 7, also called as Flower Moon
Who coined the term Super Moon?
Supermoon is not an official astronomical term. It was always referred to as Full Moon.
I was the famous astrologer Richard Nolle who coined this term “SuperMoon” in the year 1979.
Why it is called as PinkMoon
No the supermoon will not be pink in color. So please do not go by the name. There is a different reason why it is also called as pink moon and it is because:
According to North America’s oldest continuously published periodical Old Farmer’s Almanac, “April’s full Moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata — commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox — which also went by the name moss pink.” Source – Internet
But yes this years full moon will be brightest and biggest of this year 2020
Is supermoon really bigger than regular one
No it is not. It just looks bigger and the reason being , it is nearest to earth and its a full moon. So it looks bigger.
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How to Photograph a super moon ?
You would definitely like to catch this sight in your camera. Do try out capturing one nice snap. Majority of us do not have a Telescope. Having a nice telescope will definitely help. But you can take some wonderful photograph with your camera or even with some high end mobile phones.
A DSLR is a best bet. I am not an expert in photography. I have provided a link below which is a good read when it comes to photographing the supermoon.
For a detailed guide on how to photograph some a wonderful event you can check here.
Some good videos to check out on moon photography
So friends, this is going to a wonderful sight. Do not miss this opportunity to look into skies on the night of 7th April 2020 and watch this wonderful full moon also called as Supermoon or Pinkmoon!
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