Are you ready for the first supermoon of 2021?
What if I told you there will be more than one supermoon this year, with names like the“super pink moon” or the “super flower moon?” You heard right. And, depending on who you ask, we are set to have up to three consecutive supermoons this year! That’s because the way we define a “supermoon” is a bit ambiguous. So, what exactly is a supermoon?
Supermoons generally happen once every 14 lunar cycles when a full moon coincides with its closest orbit to Earth, called the perigee. The term supermoon, coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, refers to a new or full moon at or near 90% of its perigee in a given orbit. That last bit is where the confusion stems from. The moon’s perigee distance varies throughout the year. The bottom line? We will have the opportunity to stare hypnotically at the big, beautiful moon come April 26, May 26 (which also coincides with a total lunar eclipse!), and June 24. These are the three closest full moons of 2021!
The best way to get the real supermoon experience is to head somewhere with a good vantage point. You want to be able to get somewhere with a bit of elevation or with an unobstructed view to the east to see the massive full moon rising. Fortunately for us, we have plenty of options here on the Peninsula and in the South Bay. But which ones can you visit after nightfall?
We chose these spots (listed below) because they are accessible after nightfall and have clear views to the east where you will be able to see the moon rise. Now the only question you need to answer is “which supermoon are you most excited to see?” The “super pink moon” or the “super flower moon?!”
Here are my go-to spots for moon gazing:
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