On Tuesday 27 April, the first supermoon of the year lit up the night sky in eMkhondo and fortunately a local photographer, Nabeel Valli was there to capture its beauty.
This moon is one of the year’s biggest and brightest and was approximately 30% brighter and 14% bigger than a typical full moon.
Interesting facts about the Pink Moon:
- April’s Pink Moon is named after the pink creeping phlox plant common in the Eastern United States. It has also been called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.
- To best see the supermoon, experts recommend heading outside either just after moonrise, when the moon is low, or as the moon is setting. Full moons that are higher up in the sky look dimmer and smaller than moons close to the horizon.
- Sometimes but, not always, the moon can appear pink as it is rising, due to oxygen and nitrogen particles in the earth’s atmosphere. Oxygen and nitrogen are better at scattering colours made by certain kinds of light – colours with shorter wavelengths, like blue or violet – while colours with longer wavelengths like red, orange, or yellow are left behind. So when the moon sits low on the horizon, where the atmosphere is thickest, those longer wavelength colours dominate what you see, sometimes giving the moon a pinkish hue.
The next supermoon will occur on Wednesday 26 May. Known as the Flower Moon, it will be 160 kilometres closer to earth than the Pink Supermoon.