Supermoons appear bigger and brighter in the sky because of their slightly closer proximity to earth. The Farmers’ Almanac says that, on average, supermoons are about 7 percent bigger and 15 brighter than a typical full moon. While the qualifications for what makes a supermoon can vary, there are typically two to four moons annually that meet the threshold.
This supermoon will be the second-closest full moon of the year, and while it’s called the pink moon, it won’t actually appear pink. NASA says the name comes from the phlox subulata plant, also called “moss pink,” which is native to eastern North America and is one of the earliest widespread flowers to bloom in spring.
This will be one of three supermoons in a row, with two more expected in May and June. May’s supermoon will occur on May 26 and will be 98 miles closer to the earth than the pink moon.
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