Central Floridians get view of first supermoon of 2021

A full moon means the moon is full while also in perigee or closest approach to Earth

Central Floridians get view of first supermoon of 2021
Central Floridians get view of first supermoon of 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. – Many Central Floridians got a view of the first supermoon of 2021 on Monday.

April’s full moon is also a supermoon meaning the moon is full while also in perigee or closest approach to Earth.

The super "Pink" moon rises Monday

A moon is considered super when it’s within 90% of perigee, which is how there can be multiple supermoons in a year. During a supermoon, the moon appears about 14% larger and 30% brighter than a normal full moon.

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Supermoon

The April full moon is also known as the Pink Moon because it coincides with the blooming of the moss pink wildflower. The moon won’t actually be pink in the sky.

The moon reached full illumination at 11:33 p.m. on Monday.

The weather is looking great for viewing with only a few passing clouds at most expected in the Monday evening sky.

Cloud cover

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Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.