Super 'pink moon' will grace the night sky this month

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When is the pink Supermoon 2021?

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the Pink Moon rises on the night of Monday, April 26. It is the first supermoon of 2021. It will reportedly be visible after sunset, reaching peak illumination at 11:33 p.m. ET. WFLAPink Moon: See first supermoon of 2021 light up night sky this month

What is a pink moon?

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. KARE11.comWhen to see this month's 'pink' supermoon

Is the pink moon actually pink 2021?

The first of at least two supermoons of 2021 is set to appear on April 26. 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. KING5.comWhen to see this month's 'pink' supermoon

Super pink moon. Pink supermoon. Whatever you want to call it, we'll be in for a visual treat when the full moon rises in the night sky on Monday, April 26. 

There are two notable components to this moon. It's known as the pink moon, but that's not a reference to its actual color. NASA notes it's "a name that comes from the herb moss pink, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox, or mountain phlox, which is native to the eastern US, and one of the earliest widespread flowers of spring."

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Many of the evocative nicknames for full moons can be traced to the Farmers' Almanac, which says the April moon is also known as the full sprouting grass moon and the egg moon.

The pink moon is a supermoon, meaning it may appear slightly larger and brighter than usual. This happens when the full moon is also near its closest point to Earth. The moon doesn't orbit our planet in a perfect circle, so sometimes it's closer to us than at other times.

The easiest way to catch the moon is to simply step outside after dark and look for the big round lantern in the sky. If you have binoculars handy, be sure to take a closer peek at its beautifully pockmarked surface. 

According to NASA, the moon will be opposite the sun at 8:31 p.m. PT on April 26. If you miss that exact time or clouds get in the way of your viewing experience, don't fret. The moon will appear full from Sunday evening through Wednesday morning, giving you plenty of chances to enjoy the show.

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Pink Moon: You need to see the first supermoon of 2021

Inverse 15 April, 2021 - 08:28am

April’s full Moon is one of two supermoons of the year.

April’s Pink Moon will brighten up the night skies on April 26-27. Because it’s a supermoon, it means the full moon also coincides with the closest point in its orbit around Earth. But before you get too excited, the natural satellite’s color won’t actually turn pink. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the first supermoon of the year.

As the Moon journeys around our planet, it varies in size, brightness, and visibility from our view.

Over the course of its trip around Earth (27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes), the Moon embarks on different phases: A small sliver of the Moon’s crescent gradually appears in our skies as it waxes to become a full Moon at the peak of its cycle.

After that, it begins to wane into invisibility once more, before beginning anew, 29 and a half days after the preceding new Moon.

A supermoon appears somewhat brighter and larger than a regular full Moon.

At the beginning of its cycle, the Moon is on the same side of the Earth as the Sun, with its dark side facing our planet. As a result, it is almost invisible to us.

But during the full moon, the Moon bears its full face to Earth dwellers when our planet sits right between the sun and the moon. As a result, the side of the moon facing the Earth becomes fully illuminated by the sun’s beaming light.

A supermoon occurs when a Full Moon happens to be closest to the Earth during its orbit. The proper astronomical term for it is perigean full Moon— referring to the closest point in the moon’s orbit called a perigee. The term supermoon itself comes from astrology.

A supermoon appears as much as 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than normal because they are at the closest point to us on Earth.

This month’s full Moon was nicknamed the Pink Moon by Native American tribes due to the blooming of flowers around this time of the year, specifically a flower known as phlox that has a distinct shade of pink.

However, the Moon will not don the same color as the flower. Instead, it will appear brighter and bigger than it normally is on a Full Moon night. You can observe the supermoon with the naked eye, and it will appear bright for a couple of nights.

The full Moon will peak at its brightest on the night of April 26 at 11:31 p.m. Eastern, marking one of only two supermoons this year. However, the moonrise will begin at 7:44 p.m., meaning there’s plenty of time to catch the Moon throughout the early evening. Look to the east around this time, with the moon moving west over the course of the night.

Last year saw four supermoons, with the last one being on May 7.

However, this year, we are only getting two supermoons, with the next one falling on the night of May 26. That means now is the time to catch a bright, big supermoon in action.

“Super Pink Moon” to light up the night skies of Colorado this month

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Calling all night owls and moon-gazers! The first supermoon of 2021 is set to dazzle in the night skies of Colorado this April.

April's full moon, referred to as the “Super Pink Moon,” is set to rise on the evening of Monday, April 26 – a mere 222,212 miles away from Earth at the closest moment of orbit.

The moon will look full on Monday and Tuesday nights (April 26 and 27). According to EathSky.org, the crest of the full moon falls on April 26 at 11:31 p.m Eastern Time, 10:31 p.m. Central Time, 9:31 p.m. Mountain Time and 8:31 p.m. Pacific Time.

Despite its name, the moon won't actually be pink. This is a reference to the bloom of a pink flower common in North America. The moon is expected to appear in its usual golden color. Other nicknames for the full moon include Grass Moon or Egg Moon.

Supermoons are said to be about 7 percent bigger and about 15 percent brighter than the average full moon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac

Stargazers can expect to see two more supermoons glowing in 2021. Mark calendars for the second supernmoon of the year rising on May 26 and the third on June 24. The Lyrid meteor shower will also remain active through the end of the month. 

For the best views, get somewhere dark. Here are 12 incredible spots to see the stars around Colorado. 

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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When to See This Month's 'Pink Super Moon' at Peak Brilliance

Lifehacker 15 April, 2021 - 08:28am

Here’s how and when to see this month’s full moon, included a few historical tidbits on where it derives its name.

You have ample time to prepare until the pink Super Moon comes out in full splendor, as it’s primed to peak on April 26 at 11:33 p.m. ET. That’s just the time of peak luminescence, so don’t trouble yourself staying up past your bed time, loitering in an open field, to catch it at its peak if you don’t want to, as the moon will be shining brightly—and quite largely—all night.

Even if you stay up late wistfully listening to Nick Drake, the moon will not actually appear pink in the sky. Most full moons derive their names from Native American tribes, which typically gave distinctions to moons based on the time of year and the weather’s relationships to crop harvests (see last month’s “worm moon” for further reading).

The Farmer’s Almanac explains that the pink moon is not the actual color, but rather a reflection of the vivid spring pleasantries we might be experiencing on the ground:

Although we wish this name had to do with the color of the Moon, the reality is not quite as mystical or awe-inspiring. In truth, April’s full Moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata—commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox—which also went by the name “moss pink.”

Whereas last month’s worm moon just barely missed the mark on earning the distinction of a real Super Moon, the pink moon will be big enough to claim the name.

As explained last month, the concept of a “Super Moon” is a kind of pop-scientific term layered over the already pseudoscientific field of astrology. The idea of a Super Moon was conceived by the astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, and technically, it applies to “either a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of perigee, its closest approach to Earth.”

Unlike last month, the moon on April 26 will meet that criteria, and therefore the Super Moon moniker remains. Because this moon will be 90% as close to Earth as possible, it will appear far more radiant than a normal moon would otherwise.

Here’s how the Farmer’s Almanac breaks it down:

Just how big and how bright, exactly? On average, supermoons are about 7% bigger and about 15% brighter than a typical full Moon. However, unless you were to see a regular full Moon and a supermoon side by side in the sky, the difference is very, very difficult to notice!

That doesn’t mark the end of 2021's Super Moon calendar, however, as next full moon on May 26 will be even brighter than this month’s, but only by a marginal, unnoticeable amount. As NASA explains:

The full Moons in April and May are nearly tied as the closest full Moons of the year. The full Moon on May 26, 2021, will be slightly closer to the Earth than the full Moon on April 26, 2021, but only by a slim 0.04%!

As ever, the best advice for taking in the forthcoming lunar events are to find a nice open space free of light pollution and look towards the heavens. Bringing a blanket probably wouldn’t hurt either.

'Pink Moon' to light up the sky in April

WVLT.TV 15 April, 2021 - 08:28am

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Pink Moon rises the night of Monday, April 26. The Pink Moon is the first supermoon of 2021.

The moon will be visible after sunset and reach its peak at 11:33 p.m.

The Farmer’s Almanac said people should find an open area to watch the moon as it rises above the horizon. That’s when it will appear its biggest.

Despite its name, the Pink Moon won’t actually appear pink in color. The moon will be golden near the horizon and fade to bright white, according to the Almanac.

The moon got its name because its timing corresponds with the springtime bloom of the phlox subutula wildflower, also known as “moss pink,” the Almanac stated.

2021 will see two supermoons, according to the Almanac. The second moon will occur on May 26.

The Pink Moon is Coming - 2021 Pink Moon Supermoon

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First supermoon of 2021: See the Pink Moon light up the night sky this month

KRQE News 13 15 April, 2021 - 08:28am

(WJW) — You can see the “Pink Moon” light up the night sky this month.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Pink Moon rises on the night of Monday, April 26. It is the first supermoon of 2021.

It will reportedly be visible after sunset, reaching peak illumination at 11:33 p.m. EST.

If you’re interested in getting the best view, the Almanac says you should find an open area and watch the moon as it rises just above the horizon. Experts say this is the point at which it will appear the biggest.

The Pink Moon won’t actually appear pink in hue. The Almanac reports that the moon will be golden in color near the horizon and fade to bright white as it glides overhead.

The Pink Moon reportedly got its name because it corresponded with the early springtime bloom of the wildflower phlox subulata, commonly known as “moss pink.”

There will be two supermoons in 2021, the Old Farmer’s Almanac reports. The second one will occur on May 26.

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When You Can See The Pink Super Moon This Month

TravelAwaits 15 April, 2021 - 08:28am

You’ve heard of full moons, Harvest Moons, supermoons, and even Blue Moons. But what about Pink Moons? Well, that’s the name for the full moon that occurs in April.

What’s interesting is that the Pink Moon -- occurring at 11:33 p.m. EST on Monday, April 26 -- will also be a supermoon. That means it will appear larger and it will be brighter than other full moons.

Unfortunately, the Pink Moon will not appear pink. Like other moons, it will appear “golden” as it rises and then become bright white as it climbs overhead -- just like every other month’s full moon.

The name “Pink Moon” doesn’t even come from any exciting mythology. Instead, April’s full moon is called the Pink Moon because it corresponds with “the early springtime blooms of a certain wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulate -- commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox -- which also went by the name ‘moss pink,’” The Old Farmer’s Almanac explains.

The moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical, not circular. Although the distance between the moon and Earth varies throughout the month and even the year, the average distance is approximately 238,000 miles, a timeanddate.com article explains.

Since the moon has an elliptical orbit, however, there are times when it is closer to Earth than others. The point on the Moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth is called the perigee. When the moon is full when it reaches that point, it’s called a supermoon, the timeanddate.com article continues.

There is no official definition stipulating how close the moon must be to Earth to be considered a supermoon. Timeaddate.com considers the full moon to be a supermoon when it is less than 223,694 miles from the center of Earth. When that occurs, the moon will appear about seven percent larger than any other month’s full moon, and it will be approximately 15 percent brighter than other full moons.

The moon will become full at exactly 11:33 p.m. EST on Monday, April 26, The Old Farmer’s Almanac explains. You can check here to determine the exact time the moon will become full in your local time.

That said, the best time to observe the Super Pink Moon won’t be when it is high overhead in the night sky. Instead, you’ll want to look for the full moon right around sunset. That’s because the moon appears largest when it is just above the horizon. This effect is called the “moon illusion,” a Newsweek article explains.

Pro Tip: Since the moon illusion occurs when the moon is low on the horizon, the best place to see it will be somewhere that offers an unobstructed view. Large fields, parking lots, and other places that don’t have trees or buildings blocking the horizon will be good places to see the Super Pink Moon. For more night sky tips, see all our best stargazing and night sky advice here, plus our list of 8 Incredible Stargazing Events Happening In 2021.

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Full moon 2021: Pink supermoon in April will be biggest and brightest of the year

The Independent 15 April, 2021 - 08:28am

This month’s full moon will be the first supermoon since last May

The rare spectacle occurs when the moon is approaching its closest point to Earth in its orbit, with the next one taking place almost exactly one month later on 26 May.

This month’s supermoon will peak at 4.31am BST on 27 April, but will appear full in the sky to casual observers on each day either side.

April’s full moon is traditionally referred to as the Pink Moon by Native American tribes and colonial settlers to the US.

This is not because of its colour – although it can appear pink in certain circumstances – but because it coincides with springtime blooms in the northern hemisphere. Specifically, the flowering of a type of pink moss called Phlox Subulata occurs at this time of year.

It will be the first supermoon since last May, when the moon passed within 360,000km (224,000 miles) of Earth. April’s full moon will pass just 357,378km from Earth at its perigee.

The moon’s proximity should mean that it will be possible to view craters and other surface features, even without binoculars or a telescope.

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The supermoon will appear even bigger when it is rising or setting over the horizon due to an effect called the “Moon illusion”, whereby the eye is tricked into comparing its size to objects within the line of sight like trees or buildings.

“Because these relatively close objects are in front of the moon, our brain is tricked into thinking the moon is much closer to the objects that are in our line of sight,” explained Mitzi Adams, a solar scientist at Nasa’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

“At moon rise or set, it only appears larger than when it is directly overhead because there are no nearby objects with which to compare it.”

Long range weather forecasts from the Met Office suggest that late April will be a good opportunity for skygazers in the UK to witness the pink supermoon.

The weather service predicts that “fine and dry weather is likely to be more prevalent overall, especially during late-April”.

First supermoon of 2021: Pink moon to light up the night sky this month

WAVY.com 15 April, 2021 - 08:28am

(WJW) — You can see the “Pink Moon” light up the night sky this month.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Pink Moon rises on the night of Monday, April 26. It is the first supermoon of 2021.

It will reportedly be visible after sunset, reaching peak illumination at 11:33 p.m. EST.

If you’re interested in getting the best view, the Almanac says you should find an open area and watch the moon as it rises just above the horizon. Experts say this is the point at which it will appear the biggest.

The Pink Moon won’t actually appear pink in hue. The Almanac reports that the moon will be golden in color near the horizon and fade to bright white as it glides overhead.

The Pink Moon reportedly got its name because it corresponded with the early springtime bloom of the wildflower phlox subulata, commonly known as “moss pink.”

There will be two supermoons in 2021, the Old Farmer’s Almanac reports. The second one will occur on May 26.

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How To Spot The Pink Supermoon This April In Hong Kong

Tatler Hong Kong 12 April, 2021 - 09:12pm

Skywatchers are marking their calendars for the Super Pink Moon that is set to light up the city skyline later this month. The spectacular full supermoon is expected to take centre stage on the morning of April 27 in Hong Kong.

But what is a supermoon—and how does it differ from a regular full moon occurrence? According to EarthSky.org, a supermoon occurs when a new or full moon closely coincides with perigee (the moon’s closed point to Earth throughout its moonly cycle).

The original definition of supermoon—which was first coined by American astrologer Richard Nolle back in 1979—says that a full moon or a new moon must come within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth to be called an official supermoon as measured from the center of the moon, which is about 361,766 km (or less) from the blue planet.

What’s more, interestingly enough, while the moon will be bright enough to illuminate the sky, the Super Pink Moon isn’t actually expected to be as glaring pink as the name suggests. In fact, the different full moons were given their name based on the months in which they appear. The Pink Moon in particular, was named for the pink North American flower, the phlox, which typically blooms in April.

Keen to spot the next full moon for yourself? The Super Pink Moon is set to be at its brightest on Tuesday, April 27 at 11:31 a.m. HKT but will be visible for hours leading up to and following that specific time.

If you’ll be otherwise engaged for whatever reason around that time—don’t sweat it. We have two more supermoons on the calendar for 2021, coming up in May and June. For more details on how and where to see the phenomenon throughout the year, be sure to visit the official Moon Phases calendar at Time and Date.

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