Hello CORE family,
Here is an activity in which you and your whole family can participate, and guess what, it happens tonight!
Tonight, April 7th, 2020 at approximately 7:35pm, April’s full moon known as the “Super Pink Moon” will make its debut.
When the moon reaches the nearest point from Earth in its orbit, this is a term called perigee.
Our moon reaches perigee about once every 28 days. The orbit is not a perfect circle but when the moon coincides with perigee, it is sometimes called a “supermoon.” Some Astronomers define a “supermoon” as the one full moon in a calendar year that most closely matches with the moon’s perigee.
Tonight, the moon will appear larger than usual because the moon will be 221, 905 miles (357,122 kilometers) from the Earth, versus an average distance of 240,000 miles (384,400 kilometers) and despite its nickname, the “Pink Moon” is not actually pink. The name “Pink Moon” comes from the bloom of a ground phlox, a pink flower common in North America that corresponds as well with spring.
So, grab those old lawn chairs, find the perfect spot in your front or backyard and prepare to be amazed by all that Mother Nature offers.