The First Pink Supermoon of 2021 Will Rise in the Sky Next Month
Whether you have a penchant for all things pink or consider yourself to be a budding astronomist, next month's full moon will be a real treat for you: It's the first pink supermoon of the year. Each April, a lovely spring supermoon will rise just above the horizon, producing an even brighter and bigger glow than a regular full moon. On average, supermoons are about seven percent larger and about 15 percent brighter than a typical full moon. However, the difference will look minimal to the average human eye unless you were to see a supermoon and a full moon side by side.
Despite its name, this supermoon doesn't have a particularly pink hue. According to the Farmers' Almanac, the pink supermoon will be its usual golden color near the horizon and fade to a brighter white as it rises overhead. However, it does have a seasonal spin. Historically, April's full moon corresponded with the early springtime blooms of the wildflower Phlox subulate, also known as moss pink. Thus, the pink supermoon was born and its lovely color association feels just right for spring.
You may also hear April's pink supermoon be referred to as "Breaking Ice Moon," "Moon When the Streams Are Again Navigable," and "Budding Moon of Plants and Shrubs," each of which were named by different Native American tribes throughout North America. According to other folklore traditions, a full moon in April brings frost. If the full moon rises completely pale, expect rainfall.
Catch the first supermoon of the year next month on Monday, April 26. This full Moon will be visible after sunset and reach peak illumination at 11:33 p.m. eastern time. However, if you miss it, there will be another chance to see it again exactly one month later on Wednesday, May 26.