Look up tonight to see the pink moon, a rare supermoon

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Tampa Bay Times 26 April, 2021 - 01:34pm 18 views

Is a Pink Moon Pink?

April full moon is also called the Pink Moon, but it has nothing to do with its color. According to NASA, the April moon got its name after the herb pink moss, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox or mountain phlox, which is one of the earliest spring flowers appearing in the United States. Space.comThe Super Pink Moon of 2021 rises tonight, but it won't look pink

What date is the Pink Moon 2021?

April's full Moon rises on the night of Monday, April 26. Traditionally called the Pink Moon, this full Moon will also be a spectacular supermoon! almanac.comFull Moon for April 2021

Where can you see the Pink Moon 2021?

According to NASA, the “pink super moon” will be at its biggest and brightest at 11:32 p.m. ET on Monday, April 26, 2021. The National Weather Service says most in Upstate New York should be able to enjoy it as the forecast calls for mostly clear skies until after midnight. syracuse.comPink Moon 2021: How to see the supermoon at its biggest and brightest

The moon will be its usual golden color, the Farmer’s Almanac says. But it’s a supermoon, which means it will appear bigger and brighter than usual because of its arrival at the closest point to Earth in the moon’s orbit. The term pink moon comes from the flowers found down on Earth.

“April’s full moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain pink wildflower native to eastern North America: phlox subulata – commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox – which also went by the name moss pink,” the almanac says.

The first of the supermoons of 2021 rises tonight and will be at its fullest at 11:32 p.m., according to NASA. It will start to rise in the east-northeastern sky at 7:24 p.m. and will remain visible until 7:13 a.m. Tuesday.

This is the first of three consecutive “supermoons” on the way in April, May and June. The next will be May 26, for what is dubbed the “flower moon.” And June 24 will have what is called a “strawberry moon.”

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The super pink moon, the biggest supermoon of the year, rises over (L-R) Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the under construction Allegiant Stadium and McCarran International Airport on April 7, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Monday night, one of two supermoons this year will shine bright in the sky, weather permitting.

Supermoons are full moons that get their name from looking larger and brighter than a typical full moon. This is because the moon’s orbit around the earth isn’t perfectly circular, but rather slightly more elliptical. If a full moon occurs on the perigee (the closest point to the earth on it’s slightly elliptical orbit) it can then appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than a normal full moon.

According to an article from space.com, during the April full moon tonight and early Tuesday, the moon will be about 222,064 miles (357,378 kilometers) away from Earth, that is about 8% closer than the distance of an average full moon (240,000 miles or 384,400 km). 

April full moon is also called the Pink Moon, but it has nothing to do with its color. 

According to NASA, the April moon got its name after the herb pink moss, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox or mountain phlox, which is one of the earliest spring flowers appearing in the United States.

The Pink Moon will be full tonight and will reach it’s fullest phase at 10:32 CDT, but it will appear full to the casual observer through Wednesday night, April 28.

Our forecast for Central Texas is looking cloudy tonight, so viewing it will not be ideal. You can watch a live stream from Ceccano, Italy here (weather permitting).

For us that miss the Pink Moon tonight, the second supermoon of 2021 will be about a month from now on May 26, 2021. The May supermoon will be about virtually tied to tonight’s as far as fullness and brightness goes. Although it will be about 98 miles closer to us, and thus, about 0.04% closer.

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The approaching storm is expected to bring cloudy skies again Tuesday with areas of mist and drizzle developing as early as dawn. Damp weather is the main thing we can expect on Tuesday, but late in the day we expect a 30% chance of thunderstorms, mainly in the Hill Country. Some of these storms could be severe with large hail and wind damage.

According to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) Austin's Camp Mabry and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport ranked 74th and 75th respectively out of 174 American cities studied for average percentage of annual possible sunshine. The higher the ranking, the more sun received compared to what's possible.

By that definition, at least two hailstorms in Central Texas this year have already been catastrophic, and more hail is expected Friday afternoon. A third hailstorm also took place in Llano with very large hail stones.

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