There will be some incredible views of the moon this spring.
AKA, it’s supermoon season! A supermoon is a full moon that appears to be bigger than usual because it is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit.
And April’s will be even closer than March’s (by about 0.1%), and will, therefore, be the “most super” of the full supermoons this year.
NASA said the moon will be full starting Tuesday night, April 7, and will continue for about three days, through Thursday morning. Though it will shine bright all night, it will appear opposite the Sun (and therefore the most vibrant) at 7:35 pm PST tonight.
All these special moons also have “nicknames” of sorts, and this one is no different. It’s called “Pink Moon!”
According to NASA, the names come from different Native American tribes. This one “comes from the herb moss pink, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox, or mountain phlox, which is native to the eastern USA and one of the earliest widespread flowers of Spring.”
In different cultures and communities, it has also been called: the Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon, the Pesach or Passover Moon, Paschal Moon, Hanuman Jayanti, and Bak Poya.
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