Stargazers can look up and marvel at the upcoming “Super Pink Moon” set to light up the sky on Monday, April 26.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, April’s full moon will mark the first of two supermoons in 2021.
Look up to enjoy the ‘Super Pink Moon’
Okay, so what is the Super Pink Moon, and when can you see it?
A supermoon occurs when a full moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, which makes it appear slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon.
According to NASA, the full moon occurs on Monday night, April 26, appearing opposite the Sun at 10:31 p.m. CDT. The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Sunday evening through Wednesday morning.
Despite its name, the Pink Moon won’t be pink at all. So why is it called that?
April’s Pink Moon gets its nickname from appearance of early spring flowers, the “moss pink” or the pink-colored wildflower phlox, the Old Farmer’s Almanac says.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Super Pink Moon is also the Paschal Full Moon — the first full moon of spring.
According to CNET, “the Virtual Telescope Project will livestream the moon rising over Rome starting at 10:15 a.m. PT on Monday. You can access the viewing party through the project’s WebTV page.”
Viewing conditions will depend on the weather and skies in your area. As a reminder, if you step outside to view this lunar event, be mindful of social distancing guidelines.
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