Leaving the coronavirus-related subjects aside for a bit, let’s focus on something that’s not on our planet for a change.
It’s been just revealed that this month, we’ll be able to enjoy a pretty rare phenomenon that will be gracing the skies.
CNET reveals that we’ll soon be able to enjoy the super pink moon or the pink supermoon how others call it.
We’ll definitely be in for a visual treat, according to the publication mentioned above.
Even if the phenomenon’s name might lead you to think that it’s about the colour of the moon, this is actually not the case.
The pink moon
NASA notes it’s “a name that comes from the herb moss pink, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox, or mountain phlox, which is native to the eastern US, and one of the earliest widespread flowers of spring.”
The report from CNET also notes that a lot of the evocative nicknames for full moons can be traced to the Farmers’ Almanac, which says the April moon is also known as the full sprouting grass moon and the egg moon.
“The pink moon is a supermoon, meaning it may appear slightly larger and brighter than usual,” CNET notes.
The online publication also notes that this happens when the full moon is also near its closest point to Earth.
The moon does not orbit our planet in a perfect circle, and in other words, sometimes it’s closer to us than at other times.
The same online publication notes that all you have to do in order to be able to enjoy this amazing phenomenon is simply step out after dark and check out the moon in the sky. Obviously, a pair of binoculars would be more than useful.
According to NASA, the moon will be opposite the sun at 8:31 p.m. PT on April 26.