Pink supermoon: How the lunar phenomenon gets its confusing name

Pink Supermoon: Stunning photographs of brightest moon of 2021 so far

Brightness of moon will peak at 4.31am on Tuesday 27 April

Kate Ng
Tuesday 27 April 2021 00:02

April’s full moon, known as a “Pink Supermoon”, will light up the night skies all around the world on Monday and Tuesday night.

The lunar surface of the moon will appear 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than some past full moons, making it the brightest and most impressive full moon of 2021 so far.

The name of April’s full moon is after pink flowers known as phlox, which bloom in the springtime - however, the colour of the moon may not be noticeably pink.

However, at its peak at 4.31am BST on 27 April, light reflected off the moon is most likely to be distorted by the atmosphere or air pollution and may contribute to a pinkish hue.

Photographs of the stunning lunar event on Monday show the exceptionally bright moon casting its light over Britain’s monuments and beauty spots.

The full moon rises behind Glastonbury Tor on 26 April 2021 in Glastonbury, England
The moon rises through cloud over County Hall in London
Passengers travel on the Emirates Air Line cable car as the full moon, also known as the Supermoon, rises in London

The moon is also visible in clear skies over France and Spain, although it appears slightly murky due to clouds over Italy.

A supermoon rises over the Eiffel Tower on 26 April 2021 in Paris, France
A supermoon shines next to the statue of Victoria on top of the Victory Column in Berlin, Germany
A super moon rises through the clouds behind a statue of the Vittoriano in Rome, Italy

It will rise in the east just before sunset and set in the west around sunrise for the next two nights.

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