Supermoon in the Berkshire Sky Tonight
The Berkshires will be treated to a full moon tonight. Not just a full moon, but a Pink Moon or Supermoon as it is called. A Supermoon is when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. Combined that with the moon’s angle Monday night will cause it to appear to be about 14% larger and 1/3 brighter that the moon would normally appear.
The moon will officially be full 11:32 p.m. tonight. According to the AccuWeather forecast it will be a clear night tonight making for perfect viewing and picture taking of tonight's Supermoon. The temperatures will be on the chilly side hovering right around 32 degrees late into the night according to the forecast. Tonight’s Supermoon will be the first of two supermoons this year. We won’t have to wait long…the other supermoon will be a Full Flower Moon next month on May 26th.
Tonight’s Full Pink Supermoon was named by native Americans inspired by the wild ground phlox flower that spreads from the most southern tip of the United States right up into Canada according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Other names used by native Americans in the past also included Sprouting Grass Moon and Full Fish Moon, inspired by the time of the year salmon swim upstream to spawn.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the other moons you can look forward to the rest of the year include; a Strawberry Moon, Buck Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Harvest moon, Hunter’s Moon and a Cold Moon. The Farmer’s Almanac has some great information of the various moons and all of the other environmental treasures on planet earth.