Pink supermoon will light up the night this Monday

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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 will the pink moon appear 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

Pink Moon: Biggest and brightest full moon we’ve seen this year rises Monday night

WFLA 23 April, 2021 - 04:00pm

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 07: The super pink moon, the biggest supermoon of the year, is shown shortly after rising on April 7, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pink moon got its name because the April full moon occurs at the same time the pink wildflower Phlox subulata blooms in North America. A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with its perigee, which is its closest approach to the Earth. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Our next full moon will rise late Monday night, and it’s also one of two supermoons we will see this year.

A supermoon is when the moon is within 90% of perigee, or at one of the closest points to Earth we see. This makes for the biggest, brightest full moons we see all year.

This upcoming full moon will be at its biggest and brightest at 11:31 p.m. ET on Monday. Moonrise is at 7:45 p.m. and it will be directly overhead at 1:36 a.m. 

It will be especially lovely on Tuesday morning, as the moon sets over the Gulf at 7:19 a.m. That will be well after sunrise at 6:54 a.m., so the skies will not be dark.

The moon will appear to the naked eye to be full for close to three days, from Sunday evening until Wednesday morning. 

The full moon in April is known as the Pink Moon, coined from creeping phlox, an herb moss that is one of the earliest springtime flowers to bloom. Other names for April’s full moon include the Fish Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, and the Egg Moon.

In an average year, we see between two to four supermoons. This year, the biggest full moons we will see are this full moon and the full moon on May 26. May’s full moon will end up being the biggest looking moon we see for the year, but it only beats Monday’s full moon by .04%.

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TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) - It wasn't a grand-slam that lit up and stunned baseball fans Monday night.

A meteor shot across the sky and stole the show around 10 p.m. Residents along the state's Atlantic Coast from Jacksonville Beach and down as far south as Miami took to Twitter to share videos of the surprising sight.

Meteorologist Dr. Philip Klotzbach and CSU released their 2021 extended-range forecast on Thursday saying "above normal activity" is expected this year.

Full Pink Supermoon: When And How To See It Over Alameda 23 April, 2021 - 02:15pm

ALAMEDA, CA — There's some good news and bad news about the full pink supermoon that will rise over Alameda late Monday evening.

Unfortunately, the National Weather Service is forecasting partly cloudy skies for Monday evening when the moon rises. Moonrise is shortly after 7:30 p.m. Pacific 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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