Pink supermoon illuminates sky across Canada, and it's not done yet

Elias Hubbard
April 28, 2021

A full moon is called a supermoon when it is at it's closest point to earth, making it look much larger and brighter.

Unfortunately, the Moon does not actually appear pink during the Pink Moon.

It is linked to the date of Easter, which falls on the Sunday after the full moon that appears after the spring equinox.

If clouds interfere on Monday night, people can still look for the moon on Tuesday night as it will appear to be almost full.

The first supermoon of 2021 dazzled viewers across the world on Monday night.

The term - which was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 - refers to any full or new moon that comes within 90 per cent of its closest approach to Earth.

Supermoons have become more popular over the last few decades.

The name derives from the early springtime blooms of certain flowers native to eastern North America that are commonly known as creeping phlox - but has been referred to 'moss pink'.

This will be one of three supermoons in a row, with two more expected in May and June.

Traditionally called the "Pink Moon", the supermoon is one of only two supermoons this year.

Other than sounding like a cool name for an alternative band, a pink super moon isn't actually as exciting as you'd think.

The moon rises over the scaffolding surrounding the entrance to the Jefferson Memorial, in Washington, late Monday, April, 26, 2021.

A supermoon is when the moon appears larger and brighter in the night sky than usual.

The partial eclipse won't begin until around 7.45pm AEST, but for an additional spectacle keep your eyes peeled at 5.40pm to see the moon on the horizon where it will look enormous.

If you're missing tonight's sky show, don't fret - you'll get your chance to catch another super moon next month during the May flower moon.

The supermoon on May 26 will be a total lunar eclipse that will turn into a blood moon.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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