Here comes the pink moon! But will it actually be pink? And is it a 'super moon'? Here's what to know.

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USA TODAY 23 April, 2021 - 12:44pm 13 views

Why is the Pink Moon Pink?

According to the Farmer's Almanac, it is named a Pink Moon after the herb moss pink. The plant is native to the eastern United States and is one of the earliest widespread flowers of spring. FOX 10 News PhoenixSupermoon Pink Moon to appear big and bright in the evening sky in April — here’s how to watch

When is the Pink Moon 2021?

The “Super Pink Moon” will be 222,211 miles/357,615 kilometers from Earth on April 26, 2021, which isn't quite as close as the next full Moon—the “Super Flower Moon Eclipse”—which will be the biggest and best “supermoon” of 2021. ForbesWhen, Where And How You Can See The ‘Super Pink Moon’ Rise This Week, 2021’s Best Supermoon So Far

The only reason we can even see the moon is because of the Sun, which is the sole source of light in our solar system. The moon enters phases depending on its orbit of the Earth; when the moon is completely illuminated by the Sun, we have a full moon.

Following the full moon, the orb’s light begins to gradually dim as it moves further away from the Earth, until it returns to delight us again with its glory (i.e., another full moon).

The moon presents in eight different phases throughout its 27-day cycle, distilled here by NASA:

Because you’ll probably struggle to remember these terms without a little help, there’s a helpful acronym you can use to remember the order of moons. As the website Star in a Star points out, you can remember the order of moons through the phrase “Never Can Quit Getting Food,” which, if read via the first letters of each word, represents New Moon, Crescent, Quarter, Gibbous and Full (i.e. NCQGF).

Of course, the waning side of the moon’s then comes into play, which requires you to reverse the order of letters—FGQCN—for Full, Gibbous, Quarter, Crescent, and New.

It all hinges on what side of the moon is illuminated. Basically, if the right hand side of the moon is visible, while the left hand side is still darkened, then you have a “D” shape, which indicates a waxing crescent, and first quarter.

A full “O” represents a waxing gibbous and a full moon, while a “C” is represented by a waning gibbous, third quarter, or waning crescent, the latter of which looks the most like a “C.”

Of course, all of this becomes the opposite once you’re viewing the moon from the Southern Hemisphere. As EarthSky explains: “observers in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres see the moon apparently upside-down with respect to each other.”

The gibbous moon occurs on either side of the invisible new moon, making it either the waxing “D” or the waning “C” in the mnemonic device.

The website Sciencing elaborates on how this works, and how it can be instructive in understanding how the moon generally operates:

A gibbous moon is an almost complete moon, with a crescent of darkness covering one side of the moon. The gibbous moon’s light portion is slightly egg-shaped, and the gibbous moon comes on either side of the full moon.

Basically, the moon’s phases take place over the course of a month and you can track the cycle by keeping tabs on the “DOC” device. That way, you can look to the stars and tell your friends that a full moon is coming, and convince them you’re a cosmological sage.

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Pink supermoon is coming this month – here's how to see it

Wales Online 23 April, 2021 - 04:10pm

Stargazers are in for a treat this coming week as a so-called 'pink supermoon' is set to appear.

April's full moon will be the biggest and brightest of 2021 as it approaches the closest point to Earth in its orbit.

Astronomers have calculated the moon will be at its peak on Tuesday, April 27, at 4.31am.

It comes as people are already looking skywards to enjoy the Lyrid meteor shower – one of the best astronomical displays of the year.

More than 20 shooting stars per hour are expected at its peak on Thursday, April 22.

The distance between the Moon and the Earth varies because the Earth is not right at the centre of the Moon's orbit and the Moon's orbit is not a circle, but an ellipse.

The moment when the Moon is closest to the Earth is called a 'lunar perigee' and, if this coincides with a full moon, we get a supermoon.

When the Moon is furthest away it is known as a 'lunar apogee'. A full moon at this point is called a 'micromoon'.

In short, the reason we see a supermoon is not because the moon physically grows in size.

This supermoon will be the first example of the phenomenon since last May.

The phenomenon was named a 'pink' supermoon by northern Native Americans in reference to a species of early blooming wildflowers, rather than any observed colour change.

In other cultures, it is called the fish moon, the egg moon and the sprouting grass moon.

The Met Office long-range forecast is predicting "settled" weather throughout the week with a continuing risk of frost overnight, so a blanket or two probably won't go amiss if you're planning on venturing outside to see the supermoon.

At this stage, exact temperatures are "quite uncertain" and cloud cover is unknown.

If you miss the pink supermoon, a second example of the phenomenon – the 'flower' moon – is expected exactly a month later on May 26 at 12.13pm.

It gets its name from the blooming flowers of spring, although in other cultures it is called the milk moon, the hare moon and the corn planting moon.

The full moon schedule for 2021 is as follows:

The full April pink moon will be 1st supermoon of 2021

NJ.com 23 April, 2021 - 04:10pm

Despite its colorful nickname, the upcoming full “pink moon” of April won’t actually look pink. But it will be worthy of scoping out because it will be one of the biggest and brightest moons of 2021.

The April full moon will be the first of three consecutive “supermoons” — moons that turn full when their orbit is tracking closer to the Earth than an average full moon. As a result, a supermoon appears to be 7% to 14% larger and can look up to 30% brighter than an ordinary full moon, especially when it starts to rise over the horizon.

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. Tuesday, according to TimeAndDate.com.

If you miss the supermoon Monday night or Tuesday morning, it will still be 100% full Tuesday night, April 27, when it rises at 8:44 p.m. in the east-southeastern sky. The moon will be 97% full Wednesday night, April 28.

The full "pink moon" will be arriving on Monday, April 26, 2021. What color will it really be?Photo illustration | Pixabay

Don’t take its nickname literally. Experts say the pink moon will actually look like an ordinary full moon. That means it will appear to be yellowish or golden-orange when it is near the horizon, and give off a whitish glow when it moves higher into the sky.

There are several traditional nicknames for the April full moon, but the “pink moon” is the most popular one. That’s because pink symbolizes the start of spring, a season when many pink-colored flowers and wildflowers are starting to bloom and spread, as noted by FullMoonPhases.com.

I can’t wait to see the pink super moon April 26. Catch me star gazing all night pic.twitter.com/xvqo6oowjQ

In some cultures, people refer to the April full moon as the egg moon, the fish moon and the sprouting grass moon, according to FullMoonPhases.com and the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The egg moon nickname apparently refers to the egg-laying season. The fish nickname was reportedly coined by coastal American Indian tribes because schools of shad would swim upstream to spawn around the time of the April full moon.

And the sprouting grass moniker refers to the obvious — those green blades of grass that start getting longer in the spring.

Sky watchers will be treated to three consecutive "supermoons" in 2021.EJA

As mentioned earlier, the April 26 pink moon will be the first of three straight supermoons on the 2021 lunar calendar.

The next one will appear on May 26 — and it coincides with a total lunar eclipse. The May full moon is normally known as the flower moon, but this one will be called a super flower moon or a super blood moon, referring to the reddish-rusty color that’s common during a lunar eclipse.

After that, the next supermoon will be on June 24, when the full “strawberry moon” rises in the sky.

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

Deerfield, IL Patch 23 April, 2021 - 04:10pm

DEERFIELD, IL — There's some good news and bad news about the full pink supermoon that will rise over Deerfield 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 59 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.

Related: Lyrid Meteor Shower Peak: When To See Fireballs In Deerfield

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

Patch.com 23 April, 2021 - 03:20pm

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

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.

Horoscope For Tomorrow, April 24, 2021

YourTango 23 April, 2021 - 10:20am

Your horoscope for tomorrow, April 24, 2021, is here with an astrology forecast for all zodiac signs starting this Saturday.

We catch a break this weekend with the Moon leaving tedious Virgo to enter the loving energy of Libra.

With the Sun in Taurus and the Moon in Libra, we are balanced and able to take things slow.

It's a wonderful day to make memories with a loved one or to do something simple like celebrating love, good food while counting your blessings.

You are a Taurus zodiac sign ruled by the planet Venus.

You are a gentle, warm, and caring soul with a sweet personality. People love your sense of style and you have a charm that is both contagious and memorable.

Famous Taureans who share your birthday include American actress Kelly Clarkson, singer Barbara Streisand, and Shirly MacLaine.

Zodiac signs you are most compatible with include Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

Take the high road, Aries. With the Moon in level-headed Libra speaking to Pluto in your tenth house of career and social status, try to be fair and balanced, even when it's hard.

Even under the most ideal cases, Aries, conversations can take a new direction and it could feel like you're losing control of a deal or maybe making a bad impression.

This is when you need to work your charm, as money is on the table, and you don't want to miss a sale or future promotion., not while Mercury works closely with Uranus in Taurus.

Take a deep breath. You may want to cool the jets. Do not assume that things are headed in a negative direction.

Nothing is off the table, Taurus. It's time for a change, and this month you may feel like your middle name has become change all week.

Chatty Mercury makes this more apparent as it encourages you to get braver after a slight run-in with Uranus in your sign.

The Moon gives you a boost of insight with a little help from transformational Pluto who brings strong feelings to light. You'll want to process them so you can learn from experience.

It's not al you though, the Moon squares Mars bringing some heat to conversations, so trust your intuition, even when you're not sure you fully understand what's going on.

You've got stuff going on. You get a break as things start to settle down in your life, particularly a nasty situation where someone has been causing more harm than good, but now you get a break.

Perhaps your sweetheart at home knows this week has been tough.

With the Moon entering Libra, your romance sector, who knows?

You may be gifted with take-out or flowers on the table with a note saying something sweet like, "you're perfect'.

Home is not always where the heart is, sometimes you need a friend who helps you to escape for a moment.

The Moon enters Libra, your sector of home, and things begin to tense up in where you hoped you could feel safe and drama-free.

The Moon squares Mars in your sign, and the intensity can catch you off-guard where you're hit right in the feels.

You may feel like the only person who truly understands you is your friend that you've known for years.

If you need a shoulder to cry on or just someone to talk to, Saturn in Aquarius brings strength to sharing your thoughts and darkest feelings with someone you trust.

Make waves, Leo. It's perfectly OK for you to just be yourself. You wouldn't want to be anyone else right now, as things could have you in the right place at the right time.

The internet truly is your best resource for communication right now as conversational Mercury partners nicely with creative Uranus in your sector of friendships.

You never know who may have an answer you need or give you a chance to gain some information that's helpful to your next project or dream, especially while things are changing with Pluto in your house of daily responsibilities.

You want to buy it, but is it something you need now? You may be headed for an impulse buy when the Moon exits your sign to enter a more sociable Libra.

Pluto and the Moon bring strong impulsive urges to enjoy the finer things in life, but you may not like the credit card bill once it comes in later.

Try to be level-headed where you feel tempted to pick up the tab while out with friends, but it's not in your budget, or spend too much buying things for your house thinking it's a deal and you can find a good use for a well-priced item it later.

Balance is key, Libra. It's the weekend, but you will feel energized when the Moon enters your sign then suddenly Mars in Cancer.

If you are trying not to work on things while at home and focus on your personal life instead, it's up to you to find that right balance.

If you catch yourself constantly checking the work email when you should be off (like everyone else) ask yourself what's missing in your life that you're filling with business.

Perhaps you need some reflection time to figure out what it is that you want or need that goes beyond your job title.

You don't talk too much. Mercury working so closely with Uranus in your relationship sector emphasizes honesty at all costs. It's important to speak your mind when things need to be said.

You may not enjoy being so openly expressive, as your go-to mode is to keep things to yourself. But, a shake-up is inevitable and timely.

When sharing your thoughts about things that are happening, and you're learning to understand why you may not be able to hold back. You will want to share.

Try to see things from all sides. Your friendships can be so complicated, as friendly Libra Moon gets a bit of tension from Mars in your friendship sector.

Perhaps remember the last time you had a fall out with your best friend and what it was that got you through the conflict.

It may be up to you to show empathy and compassion or to help others see the value in brutal honesty, which you are a specialist.

You may want to avoid dragging conversations longer than they need to be, especially if someone's asking to call time out, drop the topic, or make peace even if there's a problem that can't be resolved.

You're motivated to do something fresh and creative while lovely Venus gets pressure from practical Saturn in your second house of money.

If you have a home-based project you have wanted to start to make a room look its best, you may not need to call in an expert to do it.

This can be your time to try your hand at DIY while saving a little bit of money.

You might find it fun to check out YouTube tutorials that help you see how easy it is to fix or paint something yourself.

Everyone has an opinion to share, and you may feel like you need to be more open about your own.

With the Moon in your ninth house of philosophy and learning, conversations about controversial topics may come up and you may not wish to hold back your own personal opinions.

This can be a challenge when you're aware that not everyone has an open mind, but you're not trying to change anyone to your point of view. So, as you ask others to listen, be willing to do the same yourself.

Be a shoulder to lean on.

You could be the rock that someone leans on while Venus in your third house of communication gets a bit of support from Saturn in your house of friends. This is your time to shine as you show your sensitive nature.

You have a natural gift of empathizing, and so when you sense something is wrong, inquire and offer your ear to listen.

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