April Moon

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April Moon
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By Ronald Williams

The full moon in April is sometimes referred to as the "pink moon," but that has nothing to do with its actual color. The name likely derives from the pink flowers of moss phlox — a plant native to eastern North America — which often blooms around this time of year.

This month's full moon, occurring on April 26, is notable because it will be a "supermoon." This refers to any full moon that occurs when the moon is within 10 percent of its perigee, or minimum distance from Earth.

In this photo, made on April 18, the round smooth area toward the top is the Sea of Serenity. The more irregular flat area below it is the Sea of Tranquility where the Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, landed on July 20, 1969.

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FondofSB Apr 19, 2021 04:33 PM
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And Armstrong found that it wasn't that "tranquil" to land on its sea in 1969 : He almost exhausted all the fuel reserve trying to find a "flat enough" zone to land.
He was down to the last 20 seconds (actually it was about 50) of fuel before finding a spot !

doulie Apr 20, 2021 06:55 AM
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Quite a fete.

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