In April, the full Moon is called the Pink Moon! This Moon follows March’s Full Worm Moon.
A Springtime Supermoon
April’s full Moon will be a special one! It’s the first of two supermoons this year!
As the Moon orbits around the Earth, it occasionally drifts closer and farther away from our planet. When the Moon gets as close as it can be, we call it a “supermoon,” since it looks just a little bit brighter and bigger than the usual full Moon. Technically, a supermoon appears about 7% larger than a regular full Moon. However, this difference is so small that it’s almost impossible to perceive it with your own eyes!
Why Is It Called the Full Pink Moon?
This month’s full Moon is named after a wildflower called creeping phlox, which produces lovely pink flowers in early spring. Traditionally, the blooms of this wildflower occurred around the same time as April’s full Moon, so the name for this Moon became the “Pink Moon.”
Despite its name, this full Moon won’t actually look pink! It will be its usual golden color near the horizon and will fade to a bright white as it glides overhead during the night.
When to See the Full Pink Moon
The full Pink Moon rises in the evening of Monday, April 26. It will reach peak illumination at 11:33 P.M. Eastern Time that night. Go outside that evening to catch a glimpse of the full Pink Moon!