Great Shots: A supermoon fills the sky

 

As Corey Goers (photographer of photo directly above), photos can’t do justice to the Pink Moon that loomed large in Monday’s sky. Our Bob Wellinski, who took the other photos, gives us a little information: “Although Monday’s full moon didn’t seem to have a pink cast to it, April’s full moon in known as Pink Moon. The Old Farmers Almanac explains, ‘April’s full moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain pink wildflower native to eastern North America: phlox subulata – commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox – which also went by the name ‘moss pink.” This Pink Moon is also being called Super Pink Moon, because it’s one of this year’s supermoons. According to Space.com, a supermoon needs two key ingredients to occur. The moon needs to be at its closest approach, or perigee, to the Earth in its 27-day orbit. The moon also needs to be at the full phase, which happens every 29.5 days when the sun fully illuminates the moon. Supermoons only happen a few times a year (at most) because the moon’s orbit changes orientation while the Earth orbits the sun — that’s why you don’t see a supermoon every month. The moon will appear as much as 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than usual.” Email your Great Shots to wnlp@whatsnewlaporte.com along with the photographer’s name and some information about the photo(s).

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