May 12, 2021

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Pink Moon 2021: The meaning behind tonight’s full moon

The pink super moon is the first of two super moons which will be visible...

The pink super moon is the first of two super moons which will be visible in 2021 (Picture: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

Skygazers are in for a treat this week when the annual ‘pink moon’ supermoon makes its appearance over the UK just before sunset on Tuesday 27 April.

The pink moon is the first of two super moons which will be visible in 2021. A ‘supermoon’ occurs when the moon’s orbit brings it to its closest proximity to Earth.

The supermoon due to appear this week is known as a ‘Pink Moon’ and is the first full moon of spring in the northern hemisphere.

Why is this Supermoon called the ‘pink moon’?

The name ‘pink moon’ doesn’t come from the colour of the moon but rather the time of year that it appears.

It’s known as the Pink Moon as it’s the first full moon of spring and the name derives from a pink flower called phlox subulata that blooms in spring in North America.

It’s been referred to by several other names in other countries – who have called it the Fish Moon, the Sprouting Grass Moon and the Egg Moon.

While the moon itself won’t actually be pink, you might notice a slight change in its colour depending on where you are in the country – with the change in shade more noticeable the further north you are.

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The moon will be most visible when there is dark sky and a clear horizon, so it is best seen in rural areas rather than in cities.

However, you should be able to catch a glimpse of the pink moon if you look out the window.

To get the best view, head to the highest point in your house or flat, switch the lights off and gaze east.


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