On the night of 27-28 April, you can admire a wonderful “pink supermoon” in the sky – a very rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon
Ready to raise your eyes to the sky? On the night between Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 April 2021, we will be able to witness a truly unique astronomical phenomenon in the northern hemisphere. This is what fans have affectionately dubbed the “super pink moon”. In practice, our satellite will appear much larger and much closer than it normally does. Experts from the Unione Astrofili Italiani have estimated a difference in size of 15%. This optical effect is due to the fact that tonight the Moon will be in the full moon phase and at the same time in perigee (the closest point to the Earth, i.e. “only” 357,378 km away). This coincidence is repeated every spring. It is no coincidence that the supermoon is called a “rose”: it appears every year at the end of winter, just when the wild rose blossoms.
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The ‘super pink moon’ has arrived: how, when and where to see it
Tonight the moon will appear much bigger and much closer to our Planet. The spectacle is guaranteed and all you have to do to see it is look up at the sky. To fully enjoy the pink supermoon, astrophysicist Gianluca Masi – head of the Virtual Telescope Project – recommends “observing our satellite at dusk, because the vision of the full Moon rising at sunset, in the opposite direction to our star, is very suggestive. The reason for this is that the residual light of twilight also allows us to enjoy the view of the surrounding terrestrial environment, with our satellite rising behind natural landscapes or famous monuments. In the middle of the night, on the other hand, the glow of the full Moon is such that everything else disappears,” explains Masi.