LOOK: 'Pink' Supermoon Illuminates Philippine Skies

One of two supermoons for 2021.

The "pink" supermoon cast a soft yellow glow over Metro Manila on Tuesday night, when it was forecast to shine the brightest, giving millions of quarantined Filipinos a free spectacle.

The name of one of two supermoons of 2021 should not be taken literally, according to NASA. It's not supposed to be pink. Rather, it's named after a springtime flower in the U.S., the herb moss pink.

The Pink Moon was forecast to appear the biggest at around 11:22 p.m., PAGASA said. At its perigee or closest to the Earth, the moon will be 357,378 kilometers away. That's around 13 round trips between Manila and New York.


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This photo taken with a smartphone camera shows the "pink" supermoon over the Pasig River on April 27, 2021. Joel Guinto/Reportr.World

This zoomed photo shows the "pink" supermoon over Manila on April 27, 2021. Joel Guinto/Reportr.World
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A supermoon occurs when the moon is within 90% of perigee, according to NASA. The supermoons are the brightest full moons of the year. The next one would be seen in late May 2021.

PAGASA said the term Supermoon has no precise astronomical definition and is not associated with "increased risk of events" like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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