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Pink Supermoon: Watch Out For The Second Largest And Most Glowing Full Moon In 2021

by Maureen Blas / Apr 15, 2021 07:09 AM EDT
Pink Supermoon: Watch Out for the Largest and Most Glowing Full Moon in 2021

April's full moon is going to be the second largest and most glowing heavenly body in the sky for this year. Named as the "Pink Supermoon" it will appear as the first of only two supermoons you'll see in 2021. 

This unique sight happens when the moon approaches its nearest point to Earth in its orbit, with the next one coming about almost the same month later, this May 26. 

The idea of a "Super Moon" was established in 1979 by the astrologer, Richard Nolle. Technically, it means either a new or full moon that arises when it is 90% of perigee, its nearest progression to Earth. The Pink Supermoon will appear more radiant than a normal moon would.

The Pink Supermoon may appear a bit bigger and more brilliant than usual. This event occurs when the full moon is also close to its nearest point to the Earth. The moon doesn't circumnavigate our planet in a perfect circle. That's why it's close to us sometimes. 

A majority of full moons got their names from Native American tribes, which generally gave them variations to moons according to the time of the year. It also depends on the weather's connection to the crop harvests.  

The Farmer's Almanac demonstrates that the Pink Supermoon is not its actual color. Instead, it's a reflection of the North American vibrant blooms of particular wildflowers commonly known as the creeping phlox, moss phlox, or moss pink. It is also known as the egg moon or full sprouting grass moon. 

NASA noted that the Pink Supermoon would be facing the sun on April 26 at 8:31 pm Pacific Time. In case you missed the magnificent sight, the moon will appear Sunday evening until Wednesday morning. The next full moon to brighten the sky is slated for May 26, which will be even more lucent than April's Pink Supermoon, but only a little.  

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