Don’t forget to look up tonight because this year’s Pink Supermoon is projected to light up the night sky this April 27, 2021.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), tonight’s full moon is considered a Supermoon as it will be at a “perigee distance of 357,378 km away from Earth. The closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as viewed from Earth.”
As per PAGASA’s website, the Pink Supermoon will reach its peak from 11:22 p.m. to 11:32 a.m. the next day. That said, skywatchers can expect the moon to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.
Keep in mind though that despite its name, the Pink Supermoon won’t actually look any shade of pink. In fact, April greets us with a Pink Moon every year as the month’s full moon often coincides with the bloom of pink wildflowers or phlox subulata in North America. “The Moon will be its usual golden color near the horizon and fade to a bright white as it glides overhead,” elaborates The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
If you miss the Supermoon tonight, don’t fret because the next one is expected to rise a month from now on May 26. Get this, it’s even reported to appear a little bit closer to the Earth as compared to April's supermoon, although the difference might not be all that noticeable.
"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," further explains NASA’s Gordon Johnston.