The Pink Moon over the Philippines

There’s a handful of words we’ve read often, or just new to us, in the past days. Very challenging days, to say the least. Coronavirus, covid-19, community quarantine, home quarantine, perigee. Now, without consulting Mr. Google, can you tell us what a perigee is?

Of course we know what perigee means. We know about it since last night. Throughout the monthly voyage of the moon around the earth (you nerds call it an “orbit”), the point closest to the earth is called a lunar perigee (without an “r”, unlike “pedigree”). And what happens when the moon is closest to the earth?

Photo of the Pink Moon over Bohol, Philippines, courtesy of Rowell Clenuar (check his Instagram account, @welics, for more awesome photos). Rowell is a wedding wedding photographer, sunset chaser and graphic artist.

Folklore has it that when the moon is closest to the earth, people exhibit aberrant behavior, which led to the rise of the term “lunatic”. Terrible things also happen during a full moon, and Count Dracula is at his happiest during this time. We can argue until we turn black and blue whether there’s scientific basis for this folklore, but we can all agree that during a perigee, the moon is at its biggest, a sight to behold. And it’s not black and blue; it’s pink. Or is it?

Pink Moon.
Pink moon by Duane P. Sandicho (check his Instagram account, @duane_the_explorer, for more photos).

That’s exactly the point of everyone, including Duane P. Landicho, who is a registered nurse (mabuhay kayo, kabayan, at ang lahat na frontliners sa laban kontra covid-19!). “Super pink moon . . . pero hindi naman siya kulay pink,” he said.

Last night’s “pink moon” is considered the biggest moon of 2020, and a lot of our kababayan captured this beauty. 

Pink moon captured by Budz Felipe (check his Instagram account, @budz.felipe, to see more awesome photos).

Budz Felipe, a photographer based in Quezon City, Philippines, took this awesome shot of what he calls “Super Pink Moon,” although he noted that “it’s not really pink,” citing this explanation from the web: “It is called that because this full Moon heralded the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It has also been called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.”

[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]

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