There’s A Super Pink Moon On The Horizon For April 2021

2020 was a lost year for many people and it dumped many of us off right in the middle of a long, cold winter. Now that the spring of 2021 is upon us, it fills us with hope as we look toward new beginnings.

As it turns out, we also have a super pink moon to look forward to, and it is happening on the night of April 26, 2021.

Although some of you reading this article may know everything there is to know about a super pink moon, there are others who may not be up to speed on the term.

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It is actually the combination of two different phenomena, one of which changes the way the moon looks and the other that doesn’t.

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First of all, it is a super moon because it is closer to the earth at the time when it is full. The moon does not circle the earth at exactly the same distance. At times, it is closer to the planet and at other times, it is further away.

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The super moon in April 2021 is closest to the earth when it is full, making it larger and brighter in the night sky.

It is known as a pink moon for reasons that are not as widely known. It doesn’t have anything to do with the color of the moon, but it has to do with the time of year when it is full. There is at least one full moon every April and the first full moon of the month is known as the Pink Moon.

This name may come from a wildflower in North America known as moss pink. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, it gets its name from that flower, which usually blooms early in April.

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If you are interested in seeing the super pink moon on April 26, you can start looking for it at sunset. The full moon always rises around that time, but the true super moon will take place at 11:31 p.m. EDT, which is the moment of perigee. Even though that is the case, it will still look largest when it is near the horizon.

If you miss the super pink moon, don’t be too disappointed. The next two full moons also happen at perigee, so you will have more chances on May 26 and June 24.

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