PAGASA: Supermoon to Rise on Wednesday
Another supermoon will brighten up the Philippine sky this Wednesday, April 8, 2020. This is going to be the second (2nd) supermoon for this year, with the first one which occurred last March 10. Based on the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) astronomical diary, the supermoon is expected to reach its peak or reach its closest point to the Earth at 2:09 AM (PhST).
What is a Supermoon?
The term supermoon is a modern astrological term which was coined by Richard Nole. He also defined the term as “a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit”. In Astronomy, the supermoon is also known as the Perigee Full Moon which means a full moon that is close to the Earth compared to average.
According to NASA, a perigee full moon or a supermoon can be fourteen percent (14%) bigger and thirty percent (30%) than an apogee full moon (a full moon on a point when its orbit is farthest from the earth). However, note that the difference in brightness can easily be masked by clouds or even the glare of urban lights.
How to View the Supermoon Amid COVID-19 Pandemic?
Watching or photographing the moon while it is shining brighter than its usual luminance might be more calming and enjoyable when done in a place with a good vantage point, but since the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, it would be better for all of us to watch the supermoon from our home.
Watch it from your backyard, have a glimpse from your bedroom window, or gaze at the sky from your balcony – it’s possible to appreciate the beauty of this unearthly body without putting your health at risk during this pandemic. Let’s all keep ourselves as healthy as possible until this COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end.
Want to Watch the Supermoon from Your Home?
Again, the date is April 8, 2020 and it’s peak is at 2:09 AM (PhST). Don’t forget to mark your calendar and set your alarm clocks.