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First Supermoon of the Year Dazzles Over Greece

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The first Supermoon of 2021 will occur on April 26. Credit: Greek Reporter

The next Supermoon will rise in Greece on Monday, April 26 into Tuesday, April 27 and will be followed by two more supermoons in 2021. The first Supermoon of the Springtime is usually known as the “Pink Moon,’”but is also referred to as the “the Sprouting Grass Moon,” “the Egg Moon,” and “the Paschal Moon” among other names.

Why first Supermoon is called the Pink Moon

According to the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, which lists all the names given to moons by Native Americans, it was termed the “Pink Moon” because it coincided with the blossoming of Pink Creeping Phlox. This was one of the earliest spring flowers native to the eastern United States. However, the moon does not have any particular pink hue at all at that time.

The moon passes closest to Earth in its orbit

The term “Supermoon,” was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, referring to either a new or full moon that occurs when the Moon’s complete phase coincides within 90% of perigee – its closest approach to Earth.

On average, supermoons are about 7% bigger and 15% brighter than a typical full moon. This supermoon will approach the Earth at 356,379 kilometers away at its perigee on Monday and 357,379 kilometers away on Tuesday.

The next Supermoon will appear on May 26 — and it coincides with a total lunar eclipse.

Photographs of the Supermoon crowning archaeological sites, such as the Acropolis of Athens and the Temple of Poseidon, at Cape Sounion, are popular in Greece.

Greek School First in the World to Send Material to the Moon

The Moon, as the closest celestial body to the earth, served as a crucial trigger for man’s quest into space. This natural satellite of the planet has sparked much human scientific thought throughout the ages, and its conquest was one of the most important historical moments of humanity.

As recent as last month, a Greek school in Athens was the first in the world to send material to the moon — including texts, images, and personal testimonies — through an upcoming space mission by the company SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Mosk in 2002.

Space X is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California.

Galactic Legacy Labs, through the “Lunarprise” program, had invested in the next unmanned mission of Space X to the Moon and had the right to leave there a small “ark” recorded on nickel microdisks containing information from the Earth.

The Moraitis School, located in Athens, launched a new educational program on space exploration after securing an exclusive collaboration with Galactic Legacy Labs, securing the right to send material with this mission.

The aim of the curriculum was to introduce students to the historical, scientific, technological, and philosophical aspects of space exploration.

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