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Skywatch: Look for the Supermoon this week

The Moon is the "star" of the night sky this week.

We’ll welcome the full moon on Monday night. It’ll officially arrive at 11:32 p.m. so you’ll be able to catch it in the evening. 

This month’s full moon is known as the Full Pink Moon because wild ground phlox, which has pink flowers, is abundant this time of year. It’s also called the Full Sprouting Grass Moon.

The moon will reach something known as perigee at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday morning. This is when it’ll be 222,064 miles from Earth marking its closest point to us in its monthly orbit. 

Because the perigee is so close to the Full Moon we will call this a Supermoon. The moon will be a little bigger & brighter as a result. To get the full effect look for the moon when it’s rising or setting because that is when we perceive it to be at its largest.

Speaking of the moon look for it during the daytime Thursday morning. It’ll be in the west after sunrise.

May starts on Saturday & this month is the best month to view Mercury after sunset. Look for it in the western sky at dusk. The constellation of Orion won’t be far off. 

Happy hunting!