First Supermoon of 2021 to Rise Monday Night

By Brian Lada.

The last week of April will kick off with the brightest night so far this year as a supermoon fills the sky after sunset on Monday.

The first in a trio of consecutive supermoons will rise on the night of April 26 into the early morning of April 27, followed by another supermoon on May 26 and the final supermoon of the year on June 24.

The last major astronomical event of the month will be visible around the globe, as long as clouds do not obscure the sky. If clouds do interfere on Monday night, people can look for it again on Tuesday night as the moon will still appear to be nearly full.

The term supermoon was coined by Astrologer Richard Noell back in 1979, although the word did not take off until the 2010s when it went viral. Despite being created by an astrologer, the phrase does have astronomical meaning.

As the moon orbits the Earth, there are points in its orbit where it is a bit closer to the planet, called perigee, and times where it is a bit farther away, called apogee.