Why the ‘Pink’ Moon won’t be pink

Why the ‘Pink’ Moon won’t be pink

2021’s first supermoon, known in the US as the pink moon, happens on April 26.

It’s worth noting that the moon will not appear pink in the nighttime sky.

The full moon in April will look the same as usual

The word “supermoon” isn’t an official astronomical term and has come to mean the point where the moon is closer in its orbit to the Earth.

Despite the name’s origins, the supermoon will appear larger and brighter than regular full moons if you compare images side-by-side.

However, most people are unable to tell the difference with the naked eye.

As for where the name pink moon came from, it was named after certain types of wildflowers known as pink moss that bloom in the spring.

Donna the Astronomer

I am a keen astronomer lucky enough to live and work in Coonabarabran the Astronomy Capital of Australia! I am a ‘Drover’s Brat’ and discoverer of a couple of comets and asteroids. I operate Milroy Observatory and can show you how to best integrate dark sky experiences into your tourism, farm stay or AirBnB business.

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