Fans of our natural satellite were in for a treat this week as another full moon will be visible. The Pink Moon provided a spectacular sight on Friday.
It appeared to be much bigger in comparison to previous full moons since it will be three days past the perigee, which is the point of its orbit that comes nearest to Earth. The name may infer that we may see a pink shade, but that is not the case. The name of the event comes from the color of a wild-flower called phlox. Native Americans named the moons so they could prepare for the harvest schedule in time.
Those who lived on the East Coast were able to spot the Pink Moon as it appeared at around 8 p.m. on April 19th. It will disappear in the next morning at 7 a.m. The U.S. Naval Observatory noted that the moon would be in the Virgo constellation. For an hour in the morning of April 20th, the full moon and the sun will be visible together on the sky.
Pink Moon illuminated the night skies on April 19th
A full moon takes place when the satellite is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun. As the moon shines due to the sunlight when the orbit takes it to the shadow of the Earth, a lunar eclipse can be observed. One such event will take place in July when a partial lunar eclipse will be visible in South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
The distance between the moon and Earth varies because the orbit followed by the satellite doesn’t have the shape of a perfect circle. Those who will use a telescope or a pair of binoculars will see a moon which appears to be very bright, and in some cases, you will have to use special moon filters if you want to distinguish any details.
Unlike the sun, the moon will not endanger your eyesight if you attempt to look at it directly.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.