Douglas Zimmerman April 27, 2021 (SFGate.com)
April’s supermoon had to fight with some low-level clouds to be seen as it rose in the sky above the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday evening. But even that slight obstruction of the moon didn’t deter legions of photographers from composing stunning images of the second brightest full moon of 2021.
“There were beautiful clouds in the Eastern sky that turned pink, which made it even more appropriate,” noted photographer Vincent James, who traveled to the Marin Headlands to photograph the moonrise above the Bay Bridge and East Bay hills.
April’s full moon, called the Pink Moon, was considered a supermoon, with Earth’s natural satellite 222,211.7 miles away. A supermoon is defined as when the moon reaches its perigee at less than 224,000 miles away from Earth, making it look up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a normal full moon.
This month’s celestial event will be the appetizer for next month’s supermoon, named the Flower Moon. Not only will the moon’s perigee be about 100 miles closer to Earth on May 26, but there will also be a total lunar eclipse of the orb starting a few hours before sunrise. It will be visible throughout the western United States and the San Francisco Bay Area (fog permitting, of course).