Hello everyone, today I would like to talk about the Superluna that will take place on the night between 26 and 27 April: our satellite will be closer to the perigee, that is to the point of minimum distance from the Earth and for this reason it will seem larger. Do not miss the opportunity to see this show!
According to the definition of Superluna made by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, a full moon or new moon must come in 90% of its closest approach to Earth to be defined as such. In other words, the moon becomes a Supermoon when the distance from Earth is approximately 361,885 km.
Although astronomy has never made this definition, it is still accepted, so this Superluna that awaits us will be 357,615 km away from us.
But why will it be pink? Our satellite will not really be pink in the sky and this name (Pink Moon) was given by the Native Americans because of the pink moss, or wild phlox, a very common flower in America similar to hydrangeas that has a pinkish bloom.
The coastal tribes, on the other hand, called the Supermoon ‘Moon of the Fish’ because in this period the shads, fish of the same family as the sardines and herring, go up the rivers to lay their eggs.
This Superluna will be there all over the world. In Italy, the flood phase will officially be on April 27 at 5.31, but all night we will be able to enjoy this show, weather permitting (in the map the sky of April 27 at about 3 am).
And it won’t end there. Earthsky, in fact, explained that this will be only the first “season” of three consecutive supermoons (the next will be on May 26 and June 24). This, in particular, will be the second closest (and therefore apparently largest) full moon of the year.