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AROUND OREGON: Supermoon, pink and flower versions, puts on a show this spring

A closeup view of a "supermoon." (NASA photo)

Skies in the Pacific Northwest have finally started to clear, which should bode well for stargazers hoping to catch the supermoons coming this season.

There will be several big moons in 2021, according to astronomers, most notably the full moons on April 26 and May 26, the latter of which will take place during a total lunar eclipse.

The term “supermoon” is unofficial, though it is generally thought of as a full moon that is a little larger and brighter than normal as it reaches its closest point to Earth. Because the moon follows an elliptical path around the Earth, its distance from our planet (known as the perigee) varies throughout the year.

Scientists refer to the phenomenon as “perigee syzygy,” meaning the alignment of the Earth, moon and . . .