April’s full Pink Moon: When and how to see the first supermoon of 2021

April 26, 2021

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There’s nothing like the first supermoon of the year.

On the night of Monday, April 26, April’s full Pink Moon will appear its brightest, NASA said on Friday.

The peak illumination will occur at 11:32pm ET, according to the federal space agency.

While it will be most visible on Monday night, the moon can be seen through Tuesday, April 27.

The occurrence will be a “supermoon,” a term coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979.

The term refers to a new or full moon that appears when it is closest to the Earth.

While there’s no consensus on how many supermoons occur throughout the year (some say two, others three and yet other four), most agree the ones in April and May are the strongest.

The name Pink Moon can be traced back to the 1930s, when the Maine Farmer's Almanac began publishing American Indian Moon names for the months of the year.

It gets its name from herb moss pink, a plant native to the eastern US also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox, or mountain phlox.

The moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.

The next supermoon of the year that’s definitely happening is the Flower Moon, which will appear Wednesday, May 26.

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