The ‘pink’ supermoon over sights around the world, in photos

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What is a pink moon?

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

Is the pink moon actually pink?

It's called the pink moon — but it's not actually pink. ... "The Moon will be its usual golden color near the horizon and fade to a bright white as it glides overhead." CBS NewsA full "pink" supermoon will illuminate the night sky tonight

When is the pink moon visible 2021?

April 26, 2021 – “Super Pink Moon.” May 26, 2021 – “Super Flower Moon.” ForbesIn Photos: Spectacular ‘Super Pink Moon’ Dazzles World And Sets-Up ‘Blood Moon’ Eclipse

What causes a pink moon?

That's right everyone: unlike the pink supermoon, next month's full moon really does change colour as it passes through Earth's shadow. The red tinge, aka "blood moon", is caused by sunlight that is filtered and refracted as it passes through our atmosphere. ABC NewsSuper 'pink' moon to shine across Australia tonight

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Pink Supermoon dazzles the early morning skies

Daily Mail 27 April, 2021 - 10:00pm

By Jonathan Chadwick For Mailonline

Photographers have captured some stunning images of the 'Pink Supermoon', which illuminated global skies throughout the night on Tuesday. 

April's Pink Supermoon peaked at 04:31 BST on Tuesday (April 27), dazzling the night's sky with a gentle shade of gold before it set in the west. 

Eager photographers snapped stunning photos of the lunar phenomenon from around the world, with images coming in from New York, Macedonia and across the UK to name but a few places. 

A supermoon occurs when a full moon nearly coincides with perigee – the point in the orbit of the moon at which it is nearest to the Earth. 

This means a supermoon can appear as much as 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than a normal full moon, depending on the time of year. 

Nicknames that are used to describe the supermoons were historically used to track the seasons and therefore are closely related to nature. 

'Pink Moon' is the common name for April's full moon because it traditionally heralds the appearance of Phlox subulata or moss pink – one of spring's first flowers.  

Pink Supermoon rises behind the Statue of Liberty from Liberty State Park in Hoboken, NJ on Monday, April 26, 2021. This week's supermoon is dubbed 'pink' because of its timing close to flower blooming season

The Super Pink Moon rises behind the stork in a nest in the village of Rzanicino near Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia, 26 April 2021

The full moon sets behind Stonehenge on April 27, 2021 in Amesbury, England. The pink supermoon reached its peak size in the early hours of Tuesday morning

Sheep graze as the full moon, known as the Pink Supermoon, sets behind Stonehenge stone circle near Amesbury, April 27

The pink moon lights up the torch of the Statue of Liberty in New York City on April 26, as pictured from Jersey City, New Jersey

The full moon sets over the past the clock face of the Queen Elizabeth Tower, part of the Houses of Parliament, which holds the bell known as Big Ben in London, Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Pictured is the moon rising above Glastonbury Tor - hill near Glastonbury in the English county of Somerset, topped by the roofless St Michael's Tower, a Grade I listed building - on April 26

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Get up high! The further up you are, the better your chance of a clear sky to see the stars, plus you'll be able to see low down to the horizon to watch the moon rise!  

Turn off the lights For those stargazing from the comfort of their homes, turning off the lights indoors can improve the visibility of the night sky. 

Choose a night with clear skies suggests choosing a night when clear skies are expected for the best chances of seeing the stars.  

Research what you're looking at Enhance the stargazing experience and download Star Chart free on AR enabled Apple or Android devices.

Supermoons are relatively rare because the moon's orbital path around the Earth is elliptical instead of circular, meaning that full moons rarely occur when the moon is also at its perigee.

Rather, most full moons occur when the moon is further away from the Earth, making it seem dimmer and not quite as big as it does during a supermoon.   

Anna Ross, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, said the average distance between the Earth and the moon is 238,171 miles.

But the moon reached its closest point on Tuesday morning, when it was 222,065 miles away from the Earth.

'As this means that the moon is a little closer to us, it appears slightly bigger in the sky,' she said.  

Although the pink supermoon peaked last night, it will be visibly full each night until sunrise on Wednesday, April 28, when it will enter the waning gibbous phase (when the sunlit part of the moon's surface decreases).  

A full moon occurs once in each lunar cycle, which lasts 29.5 days, but not every full moon is a supermoon. Supermoons occur when full moons occur at the same time as perigee.   

The next supermoon occurs on May 26 – and is traditionally known as the 'Flower Supermoon'. 

The Flower Supermoon – the second of two supermoons in 2021 – will rise May 26 and be 98 miles closer to Earth than the Pink Supermoon. 

The pink supermoon is seen behind the sculptures on the roof of the cathedral in Dresden, Germany, April 27. Despite its name, the moon didn't appear pink, but a goldish colour

The Super Pink Moon rises as a strong wind blows steam escaping the Leathers Geothermal Facility, a power plant that taps into deep underground heat near the Salton Sea at the southern tip of the San Andreas Fault, on April 26, 2021 near Calipatria, California

An impressive shot of the moon as it rises over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. Despite its name, the April Supermoon appears more of a gold colour

The stunning supermoon sets behind the Eiffel Tower and statues of Pegasus Held By Fame on the Pont Alexandre III bridge, on April 27, 2021 in Paris, France

The Pink Supermoon in this mysterious, misty shot over Halle, Belgium, April 27, 2021. Another Supermoon is due next month (May 26)

Full moon names, which are used to describe the supermoons, were historically used to track the seasons and therefore are closely related to nature. 

May's Flower Moon gets its name from the fact flowers spring forth and become abundant during the month. 

Other names include the Snow Moon in February to coincide with heavy snow and the Worm Moon in March at a time when the Sun increasingly warmed the soil and earthworms became active. 

January: Wolf Moon because wolves were heard more often at this time.

February: Snow Moon to coincide with heavy snow.

March: Worm Moon as the Sun increasingly warmed the soil and earthworms became active.

April: Pink Moon as it heralded the appearance of Phlox subulata or moss pink – one of spring's first flowers.

May: Flower Moon because of the abundance of blossoms.

June: Strawberry Moon because it appeared when the strawberry harvest first took place.

July: Buck Moon as it arrived when a male deer's antlers were in full growth mode.

August: Sturgeon Moon after the large fish that was easily caught at this time.

September: Corn Moon because this was the time to harvest corn.

October: Hunter's Moon after the time to hunt in preparation for winter.

November: Beaver Moon because it was the time to set up beaver traps.

December: Cold Moon because nights at this time of year were the longest.

Source: Old Farmer's Almanac   

The Super Pink Moon is seen rising behind the Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick, in York, Maine, the US, 26 April, 2021

The Super Pink Moon rises as a strong wind blows steam escaping the Leathers Geothermal Facility, a power plant that taps into deep underground heat near the Salton Sea at the southern tip of the San Andreas Fault, on April 26, 2021 near Calipatria, California

Over Halle, Belgium, April 27. A supermoon occurs when the full moon nearly coincides with perigee - the point in the orbit of the moon at which it is nearest to the Earth

A couple enjoy a stroll as the Pink Supermoon rises over Burrow Hill near Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset, early in the spring morning  

The full moon sets over Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm on the Romney Marsh in Kent. Picture date: Tuesday April 27

behind a set of street lights on Westminster Bridge in London, Tuesday, April 27, 2021. This moon is a supermoon, meaning it appears larger than an average full moon because it is nearer the closest point of its orbit to Earth

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The phenomenon, known as the 'Pink Moon', earns its name from the flowering of the brightly-coloured herb 'moss pink,' which typically coincides with its arrival. 

It’s also known as the Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Growing Moon or Full Fish Moon. 

The name comes from the Herb moss pink phlox, or 'wild ground' phlox, which blooms in early spring in the US and Canada.

 In the Northern Hemisphere, the April full moon lines up with the blooming of one of spring's earliest-flowering plants – wild ground phlox, or 'moss pink'. 

The phenomenon, known as the 'Pink Moon', earns its name from the flowering of the brightly-coloured herb 'moss pink'

The pink moon, which is also known as the grass moon and the egg moon, was given its moniker by Native Americans, who provided a name for each full moon to help them keep track of time. 

 Native Americans have a name for the full moon of every month in the calendar, including Wolf Moon for January, Snow Moon for February and Worm Moon for March – then Flower Moon in May. Strawberry Moon is for June, Buck Moon is for July and Sturgeon Moon is for August. 

In September, there is a Harvest Moon, Hunter's Moon is in October, Beaver Moon is in November and Cold Moon is in December. 

Absolutely beautiful. I love the Moon, Super Moons...

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Pink Moon and Severe Weather Awareness Week

Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News 27 April, 2021 - 10:00pm

There’s a lot to cover in the blog tonight, we’ll start with the Super “Pink” Moon happening tonight! First, let’s set the record straight… the moon will not be pink. The full moon each month has a different name, generally relating to nature in some way. April’s moon is the pink moon because of pink wildflowers that start to bloom with the warming weather.

Skies will stay clear tonight so sky gazers and photographers will get a good look at the Pink Super Moon tonight! But there are “side effects” to Super Moons, especially in the spring seasons. Moons become “super” because they are closest to Earth in their orbit. And because it’s closer, they have a stronger gravitational pull.

Yes, the moon pulls things toward it just like Earth does. But because Earth is so much bigger the gravitational force dwarfs what the moon does. But that little bit of extra pull from the moon “pulls” the ocean water toward the moon ever so slightly which creates higher high tides! (Sorry for the physics lesson).

So if you live on the coast, high tides will be higher for the next few days. And it’ll happen again in May for our next Super Moon, the “Flower” moon at the end of May.

Before we get to the forecast, one other thing to touch on is Severe Weather Awareness Week! And today’s topic: Severe storms.

A few important things to note: watch versus warning. A watch means conditions are right for strong to severe storms to develop. A warning means a storm is currently severe or a current storm has the capable of being severe at any moment (per the criteria on the graphic below). When a warning is issued, be sure to seek shelter in a sturdy structure. And one thing not noted below, is to make sure you know what COUNTY you live in. Warnings are issued for COUNTIES not CITIES. So find out what county your city is in.

Ok, now on to the forecast.

Tomorrow looks great, it’s the pick of the week. A few clouds but still some sunshine. Temperatures in the upper 60s. It will be just breezy enough to hold off the sea breeze without being obnoxious like it was today. Unfortunately for those of us on the Cape, that slight southwest component will cool us to the 50s tomorrow afternoon.

The second half of the week is more unsettled, however no day is a complete washout. There are a series of weak areas of low pressures that will slide through the area. None of them are powerhouse storms or all day washouts. But each one will throw a few showers our way each day for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Right now it looks like the wettest day will be Thursday.

The rain is welcomed. We are now below average for rainfall for every month so far in 2021. As we head toward the end of April, a few tenths of an inch over those three days may actually pull us to coming out right about average and (fingers crossed) maybe slightly above average.

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