This supermoon will be the closest the moon is to Earth all year.
On Tuesday, April 7, the brightest full moon of the year will take place. Called a "super pink moon", it will, sadly, not turn a blushing shade of carnation or bubblegum pink, but instead, be its normal hue. The "pink" moon originates from the wildflowers (Creeping Phlox or Phlox sublata) that bloom under the full moon in early spring, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.
This particular moon is also called the “Paschal Moon", "Egg Moon", "Fish Moon", "Hare Moon", and "Sprouting Grass Moon".
“Full Pink Moon – April
This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn," says the Farmer’s Almanac.
A supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon reaches its closest point in orbit to the Earth. According to Smithsonian Magazine, supermoons are about 15 percent brighter than an average full moon and appear about 7 percent bigger. There was another supermoon this year back in March, but next week’s super pink moon will be larger than that one, as the moon will be at its closest to Earth.
This will also be the last supermoon of the year.
The moon will be visible once the sun has set, and according to the Farmer’s Almanac, it will reach its brightest point at 10:35 p.m. (ET). Though this is the peak of the supermoon, it will still seem full for a few days when viewed by the naked eye.
The Farmer’s Almanac names every full moon of the year, a practice that dates to the early Native American Tribes of North America. Each month is given a name and full moons for the whole month are referred to by that name.
This is a cool at-home science lesson for the kids or simply a fun way to share a nice night with your family. Either way, look up to the sky next Tuesday night!