A particularly “pink” supermoon was caught rising on a bridge in New York.
Resident Mike Cohea recorded the time-lapse video at Newport Pell Bridge in Rhode Island on Tuesday.
Despite its bright hue in the video, York University professor of astronomy and physics, Paul Delaney, explains that this is not why it is called the “pink” super moon.
Instead, it is named after the flowers that bloom in the spring, to celebrate the start of the season.
“Hopefully, if you look at your garden, you see some flowers appear and that’s where the term” pink “comes from, as in” pink flowers “,” he told CTV News Channel on Wednesday. . .
The name comes from local indigenous people or was adopted from local seasonal activities, he explains. For example, some fall moons are named after the harvest seasons.
Although there are several supermoons each year, the “pink” supermoon is the largest set to take place in 2020. The supermoon has reached its perigee – the point of its orbit where it is closest to Earth – just after sunset Tuesday, appearing slightly larger and brighter than usual.
The average distance from the moon to Earth is approximately 384,000 kilometers. But according to Delaney, this month’s super moon has gotten much closer, maintaining a distance of about 357,000 kilometers from Earth.
A full moon is classified as a “super moon” when it reaches 90% of the perigee. According to Old Farmer’s Almanac, a super moon is about 14% larger and 30% brighter than the moon appears when it is farthest from Earth.
Although the “pink” super moon reached its perigee on Tuesday, Delaney assures that the moon show will still be visible on Wednesday.
“So just after sunset tonight [Wednesday], take binoculars, go out into your garden or wherever you feel good and comfortable, and watch the rising full moon. “
If you miss this one, don’t worry. Another super moon is expected in May, although it may not be as large.