The last supermoon of 2021 -- aka the Strawberry Moon -- is happening this week
If you’ve missed any of the celestial events that have happened this year already -- the Pink Moon in April or the recent solar eclipse, to name a couple -- you’ve got one more chance to witness a rare supermoon this year, and it’s happening this week.
The last of four consecutive supermoons is coming Thursday
Supermoons happen when the Moon is at or close to perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth. 4 consecutive supermoons (5/6/2020) (WSLS)We’ll have four supermoons in a row again next year, 2022, 2023 and 2024. You may be wondering if these strings of consecutive supermoons are rare. There are sliding windows of time where supermoons happen three, four or five times in a row each year. If you miss Thursday’s supermoon, you won’t have another chance to see one until March of next year.
Brightest full moon of 2020 takes to the sky early this week
What better way than to do something as simple as looking up at the night sky? The moon turns full 8 hours after it reaches its closest point to Earth in its orbit, which is better known as perigee. Because this is the closest point out of the year, April’s “pink” moon will also be the brightest of 2020. Any yellowish tint you may see would be closer to moonrise or moonset, when the moon is low on the horizon. Fortunately, the moon rises between 5:40 p.m. and 8 p.m. the next three nights and doesn’t set until the following morning.
Summer of the "supermoon" comes to an end
Summer of the "supermoon" comes to an end For three months, the moon has appeared brighter and larger because its orbit is closer to the earth than usual, but now you'll have to wait until next year to see another "supermoon." Norah O'Donnell reports.cbsnews.com