Catch April's Super Pink Moon in the Bay Area on Monday night

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What is a pink moon?

April's full moon Monday and will be a supermoon, NASA said. It's called the “Pink Moon” because April is the time of year when a native wildflower blooms pink. Ted S. Warren Associated Press file. April's full moon is called the “Pink Moon” — but not for the reason you might think. Miami HeraldApril’s supermoon is called the ‘Pink Moon’ — but not because of its color. Here’s why

Is the pink moon actually pink?

Despite its colorful name, April's Pink Moon won't actually appear pink; instead, it's named for the early springtime pink wildflower Phlox subulata, a native to eastern North America. This flower is also known as the herb moss pink, creeping phlox, moss phlox and mountain phlox. Livescience.comPink supermoon will light up the night this Monday

Why is the Pink Moon Pink?

April's Pink Moon is named after the pink creeping phlox plant common in the Eastern US. It has also been called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon, according to NASA. Business InsiderThis year's first supermoon, the 'Pink Moon,' will rise on Monday. Here's how to spot the rare event.

Where can you see the Pink Moon 2021?

When to see the April pink supermoon The April supermoon of 2021 will reach its fullest phase at 11:31 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, April 26. The big moon will start to rise in the east-southeastern sky in the New York City region at 7:24 p.m. Monday and will set in the west-southwestern sky at 6:26 a.m. nj.comThe full April pink moon will be 1st supermoon of 2021

If you look up into the night sky next Monday evening and wonder why the full moon looks larger and brighter than normal, it's because it will be.

April's full moon will be considered a super moon with Earth's natural satellite 222,211.7 miles away.

What exactly is a super moon? 

The moon's distance from Earth fluctuates monthly, and its closest point (perigee) of its slightly elliptical orbit can range between 221,500 and 230,000 miles. A super moon is defined as when the moon reaches its perigee at less than 224,000 miles away from Earth, making it look up to fourteen percent bigger and thirty percent brighter than a normal full moon.

The full moon will be easily visible in the San Francisco Bay Area from any location with a clear view to the East just after sunset. On Monday, it will rise above the horizon at 7:44 pm.  About an hour later, at 8:33 pm, the moon will be at its brightest in the night sky.

Some prime locations to watch the moon rise (and potentially take photographs) will be from the Marin Headlands, Crissy Field, or Treasure Island.

One disclaimer: Although the full moon is called the "pink moon," it will not actually appear pink in the night sky. The name is courtesy of Farmer's Almanac, which assigned names to each lunar month's full moon during the calendar year. April is named after the wildflower Phlox subulata, commonly called "moss pink," that blooms in eastern North America during the month.

This month's celestial event will be the appetizer for next month's super moon, named the Flower Moon. Not only will the moon's perigee be about 100 miles closer to Earth on May 26, but there will also be a total lunar eclipse of the orb starting a few hours before sunrise. It will be visible throughout the Western United States and the San Francisco Bay Area (fog permitting, of course).

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Stargazers, the Super Pink Moon is coming

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The 'pink' supermoon is almost here. When and how to check out the bigger, brighter orb

Yahoo Lifestyle 24 April, 2021 - 12:10pm

The event, which occurs at 11:31 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on April 26, happens when the moon is both full and closest to the Earth (within 90 percent of its closest distance from our planet) during its roughly 28-day orbit. When this happens, the moon, "our celestial partner" appears to pop. “But the moon doesn’t actually grow bigger,” Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City tells Yahoo Life. “It’s just your perspective.”    

"We get a full moon every month (and sometimes twice when we get a blue moon) so this will be the fourth full moon of the year," says Faherty, with Jan. 28, Feb. 27 and Mar. 28 being the first three dates. "While a full moon isn’t always a supermoon, a supermoon is, by definition, a full moon that is just really close." (On the opposite end of the spectrum, a micromoon is when the moon is at its farthest point from the Earth).    

Technically, the term “supermoon” is misleading because it’s not all that different from your typical full moon. “It’s a little brighter than normal, but it’s not a powerful effect,” she says. “And astronomers have a terrible relationship with the word 'supermoon' because it has no good technical definition.” In fact, an astrologer — someone who claims to make future predictions based on the position of the planets — named Richard Nolle created the name in 1979.  

And that “pink" nickname isn’t derived from any sort of rosy hue emitted from the moon— according to The Old Farmer's Almanac, it only symbolizes a flower called Phlox subulata with “moss pink” leaves that bloom in April and May.

It's fairly easy to enjoy the supermoon, says Faherty. "It’s as simple as looking up! A full moon can and will be easily viewed even in big metropolitan areas like the middle of Times Square. The only thing that can ruin it is clouds or bad weather."

Mark your calendars, because a super pink moon will debut in the night sky on Monday, April 26! This so-called "full pink moon" is one of just a few supermoons this year, and it's an astronomical sighting you can enjoy no matter where you are in the world.

Here's how to see, and celebrate, the first supermoon of the year.

And no, you can't hide from the Moon.

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April 2021's Full Pink Super Moon In Scorpio Will Make You Want To Break All the Rules

Women's Health 24 April, 2021 - 12:10pm

Well, someone had to do it...

You probably do your best to follow the *general* rules of life. But sometimes, you just want to break free and try something a li'l different.

Well, the full moon is here to help you with that. Happening on April 26, 2021, it’s ~officially~ called the Full Pink Super Moon in Scorpio, and it’s going to push you to shake things up a bit, according to Donna Page, a certified astrologer in Atlanta.

Here’s what your zodiac sign can expect from the Full Pink Super Moon in Scorpio this month, plus how it’s going to impact you going forward.

In astronomy, the moon moves through different phases. During a full moon, it looks like a big, glorious ball hanging out in the sky. But while full moons look cool, they also have meaning behind them.

This particular full moon is called the Full Pink Super Moon because it historically rose at the same time as early springtime blooms of the pink North American wildflower creeping phlox, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. (Sorry to disappoint, but the moon won’t go pink for the night or anything.)

This particular full moon is a super moon, which, in astronomy terms, basically means it will look bigger and brighter than your standard full moon. From an astrological viewpoint, it means the vibes given off by the moon will be stronger than usual, Page explains.

There’s a lot going on with this full moon (because, Scorpio). For starters, it’s connected with Uranus, which makes you want to do something...different. You’ll be tempted to burn one of your personal days at work and spend it online shopping in bed, or put ice in your red wine—just 'cuz you can. You need some time to do your own thing, and that’s more than okay.

You’ll also be big on communication. You want someone you can plop down on the couch with, share ideas, and just chat—no filter. Is that too much to ask? Nope.

Of course, since this is a Scorpio full moon, it’s really, really sexy. Like, grab your S.O., break out the good lingerie, and just go for it kind of sexy. And then maybe go for it again. It’s just what you do during a Scorpio full moon.

As always, the Full Pink Super Moon in Scorpio will impact all zodiac signs, but Scorpio and Taurus signs will feel it the most, Page says.

The Full Pink Super Moon will have you breaking out of your usual routine, and that’s pretty much always a good thing. You’ll love the feeling of mixing things up so much that you’ll start doing it more often in the future. Never taken a dance fitness class, but wanna give it try? Go for it. Feel like wearing clashing patterns? Done.

Not to mention, having legit, honest conversations with the people in your life will make you crave even more of the same. There’s a time and place for KUWTK recaps (I mean, obviously), but don’t be surprised if you find yourself gravitating toward people you can have deep convos with in the future.

And, of course, having a good old-fashioned sex-fest with your partner will help reignite passion in your relationship. That will definitely bode well for your future together, trust.

The next full moon is on June 24, 2021 in the sign of Sagittarius. During this full moon, you’ll be all about trusting your gut.

But, for now, just enjoy living life by your own rules.

Pink supermoon 2021 - when to see it at its peak and what it means

Birmingham Live 24 April, 2021 - 12:10pm

Stargazers are in for a treat with the arrival of the so-called Pink Supermoon.

Also known as the Super Pink Moon, it indeed sounds well worth seeing - though it's not actually expected to be pink in colour unless there are unusual atmospheric conditions.

But, still, the moon has looked pink on previous occasions, so we can but hope for something special.

The name was chosen by Native American tribes because a pink flower called Wild Ground Phlox appears in the USA at the same time as the full moon in April.

When the moon comes to the closest point in its elliptical orbit, this is known as a supermoon and our celestial neighbour then appears up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter.

Native Americans gave names to each full moon through the year to help them keep track of the seasons and all the expected natural and human activities at any given time of year.

So the April moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, Frog Moon, Egg Moon, Hare Moon, Seed Moon, Planter’s Moon, and Budding Trees Moon.

Sometimes the moon can take on a different hue such as during an eclipse or when light is being scattered by clouds of dust and particles from pollution, a big fire, or a volcanic eruption.

However, don't expect anything more than the moon looking much bigger and brighter than usual this time around.

The 2021 Pink Supermoon will be at its peak in the UK on Tuesday, April 27, when it is 357,778 km (222,313 miles) away from us.

Earlier this month it was 50,000 miles farther away when in its new phase.

The moon will appear to be full for about three days from Sunday to Wednesday, NASA said.

The moon will rise above the horizon in Birmingham at:

For Eastern Orthodox Christianity - which bases its calculations on the Julian Calendar - this is the full moon before Greek Easter which is known as the Paschal Moon. Greek Easter 2021 is a month later this year than western Easter.

There are, of course, full moons every month as it reaches that part of the lunar cycle.

This will be the first of two full moon supermoons for 2021, the other coming at the end of May.

Because the moon is nearer the Earth, its gravitational pull is stronger and this makes the tides higher.

Some have suggested the gravitational pull of a supermoon is an extra 20-30 per cent - or even as much as 50 per cent higher. It means higher tides and bigger waves.

The tide will be around two inches higher than normal. And although that doesn't sound like much, meteorologists say higher tides combined with high winds could lead to coastal flooding or produce more intense storms.

The supermoon also causes a slight increase in seismic activity by exerting a greater gravitational pull on the molten rock beneath the surface of the Earth.

This makes the ground rise and fall just like the tides in the ocean and that could put extra strain on fault lines, triggering an earthquake.

So supermoons have been blamed for causing natural disasters.

Geologists in Japan believe a supermoon led to the powerful New Zealand earthquake in November 2016.

They state that especially high tides - such as those during a supermoon - could be enough to create an earthquake if a fault line was already unstable and close to a tipping point.

The experts claimed several other large earthquakes happened at similar times of 'tidal stress.'

According to NASA, the moon being at its closest at a time of full moon should not affect the Earth in any extreme way because we already have two tides a day.

In addition, vets have recorded more cases of injuries to cats and dogs around the time of a full moon - possibly because the animals are active for longer at night because of bright moonlight.

And some scientific studies have found human sleep patterns are affected - with people sleeping for around 20 minutes LESS on and around the day of a full moon.

Full Pink Supermoon: When And How To See It Over Northbrook

Patch.com 24 April, 2021 - 12:10pm

NORTHBROOK, IL — There's some good news and bad news about the full pink supermoon that will rise over Northbrook late Monday evening.

The bad news first, because there's just a sliver of it: The moon won't be pink (more about that later). Come to think of it, that may make the news of the full pink supermoon nothing but good — weather dependent, of course.

The National Weather Service is forecasting partly cloudy and breezy, with a low around 60, for Monday evening when the moon rises. Moonrise is around 8 p.m. Central, and the moon reaches perigee (more about that later, too) at around 10:30 p.m. Central Time.

Most commercial calendars based on Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT, show the full moon occurring on Tuesday, April. 27, according to NASA. But either way, it's going to be big and bright from Sunday night through Wednesday morning.

The April 26 full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons. The full moons on May 26 and June 24 are also so classified.

Supermoons are not really bigger and brighter, though. And no small amount of debate surrounds the question of whether supermoons are even a real thing.

The term was coined in pre-internet 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle to describe new and full moons that occur when the orb is within 90 percent of perigee — in lay terms, at its closest approach to Earth in the elliptical orbit.

The closeness to Earth — keep in mind, our planet and moon are still 226,000 miles apart at this point — makes the moon appear about 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than when the moon is at its farthest point from our planet, called apogee.

The supermoon effect is an illusion, or trick of the eye. The moon can make for slightly stronger tides, and they'll look super under the light of a silvery moon, but that happens with every full moon.

The term caught on in the digital age. Depending on how Nolle's definition is interpreted, there are between two and four consecutive supermoons a year.

The disagreement about this supermoon centers on what happened in March. A sprinkling of publications said the string of consecutive supermoons started in March, though NASA says only the full moons in April through June qualify under Nolle's definition.

And since he coined the term, we'll give him the last word on it.

The April full moon is known by other names, but most often is referred to as the "full pink moon."

Go back to the 1930s, when the Maine Farmers' Almanac began assigning American Indian names to full moons for each month of the year. April's full moon is called the full pink moon after the color of creeping pink phlox that blooms this time of year.

Also in the sky this month: The Eta Aquariids meteor shower runs from Apri 27 to May 28, peaking May 4-6 with anywhere from 10 to 20 meteors an hour. The Eta Aquariid meteors are swift and produce a high percentage of persistent trains but few fireballs.

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A supermoon is coming. Here's the best time to see it.

9News.com KUSA 23 April, 2021 - 04:30pm

The first of at least two supermoons of 2021 is set to appear Monday. This full moon is also known as the Pink Moon, but it won't actually be pink.

A supermoon occurs when a moon is at its closest approach to Earth. But the definition of a supermoon varies based on who you ask. The Old Farmer's Almanac says if you go with a broad definition, and only consider full moons and not new moons, there will be two supermoons in 2021. But Space.com cites retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espanak, who says full moon within 90% of its closest approach counts. Espanak says there will be four full supermoons in 2021.

The Old Farmer's Almanac says the best time to see the Monday supermoon will be at peak illumination -- 11:33 p.m. EDT. You'll want to find an open area and watch as the moon is just above the horizon.

So what is this Pink Moon? It's just a colloquialism to indicate the full moon is arriving during the early spring blooms of the North American wildflower Phlox subulata, also known as "moss pink," according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

The next supermoon will happen in May. It will be especially fascinating as it will be the closest supermoon of the year (222,116.6 miles) and will coincide with a total lunar eclipse in some places, which means it will take on a reddish look. The Old Farmer's Almanac says it will happen at 7:14 a.m. EDT on May 26.

By Espenak's definition, there was already a supermoon in March and there will be another in June.

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Full Pink Supermoon: When And How To See It Over Peabody

Patch.com 23 April, 2021 - 03:19pm

PEABODY, MA — April's full pink moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons that will shine big and bright over Peabody.

The bad news first, because there's just a sliver of it: The moon won't be pink (more about that later). Come to think of it, that may make the news of the full pink supermoon nothing but good — weather dependent, of course.

The National Weather Service is forecasting mostly clear skies with a low around 43 for Monday evening when the moon rises. Moonrise is around 7:14 p.m. Eastern Time, and the moon reaches perigee (more about that later, too) at around 11:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Most commercial calendars based on Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT, show the full moon occurring on Tuesday, April. 27, according to NASA. But either way, it's going to be big and bright from Sunday night through Wednesday morning.

The April 26 full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons. The full moons on May 26 and June 24 are also so classified.

Supermoons are not really bigger and brighter, though. And no small amount of debate surrounds the question of whether supermoons are even a real thing.

The term was coined in pre-internet 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle to describe new and full moons that occur when the orb is within 90 percent of perigee — in lay terms, at its closest approach to Earth in the elliptical orbit.

The closeness to Earth — keep in mind, our planet and moon are still 226,000 miles apart at this point — makes the moon appear about 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than when the moon is at its farthest point from our planet, called apogee.

The supermoon effect is an illusion, or trick of the eye. The moon can make for slightly stronger tides, and they'll look super under the light of a silvery moon, but that happens with every full moon.

The term caught on in the digital age. Depending on how Nolle's definition is interpreted, there are between two and four consecutive supermoons a year.

The disagreement about this supermoon centers on what happened in March. A sprinkling of publications said the string of consecutive supermoons started in March, though NASA says only the full moons in April through June qualify under Nolle's definition.

And since he coined the term, we'll give him the last word on it.

The April full moon is known by other names, but most often is referred to as the "full pink moon."

Go back to the 1930s, when the Maine Farmers' Almanac began assigning American Indian names to full moons for each month of the year. April's full moon is called the full pink moon after the color of creeping pink phlox that blooms this time of year.

Also in the sky this month: The Eta Aquariids meteor shower runs from April 27 to May 28, peaking May 4-6 with anywhere from 10 to 20 meteors an hour. The Eta Aquariid meteors are swift and produce a high percentage of persistent trains but few fireballs.

A Massive Full Pink Moon Is Coming — Here's How to Watch

Fatherly 23 April, 2021 - 10:47am

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The first supermoon of 2021 is set to appear next week, as the Pink Moon, the name given to April’s full moon, will shine brightly in the sky. It’s guaranteed to be one of the best night skies of the entire year and you absolutely won’t want to miss it. Here is everything you need to know about the Pink Moon.

A supermoon occurs when the moon is both full and at its perigee, which is the point in its orbit when it’s closest to Earth. This means that you can expect the moon to look approximately 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than a normal full moon. Basically, the moon is going to be extremely big and extremely bright.

The Pink Moon will reach its peak illumination on Monday, April 26 at approximately 11:33 pm EST. Given its brightness and size, you won’t need a telescope or any special stargazing tools to see it, though you may want to find a spot away from other lights if you really want to make the most of your viewing experience.

Sadly, no. The name Pink Moon is not because of the moon changing color. Each month’s full moon receives a different name and April’s Pink Moon was named after a pink spring flower, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

It’s important to remember that while all supermoons are full moons, not all full moons are supermoons. So next Monday’s Pink Moon will be one of only two supermoons in 2021, with the next coming in May, as the month’s full moon will coincide with it being at its closest proximity to earth. So if you are unable to check out the Pink Moon for whatever reason, just remember you will still have the chance to see a supermoon next month.

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