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Look up tonight to see the pink moon, a rare supermoon

Tonight is the first of three supermoons to find in the sky in the next three months.
The super pink moon is seen Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in Safety Harbor.
The super pink moon is seen Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in Safety Harbor. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Apr. 26
Updated Apr. 26

Tonight’s full moon is dubbed a “super pink full moon” because it is bright and pretty and comes with the spring. But it won’t be pink.

The moon will be its usual golden color, the Farmer’s Almanac says. But it’s a supermoon, which means it will appear bigger and brighter than usual because of its arrival at the closest point to Earth in the moon’s orbit. The term pink moon comes from the flowers found down on Earth.

“April’s full moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain pink wildflower native to eastern North America: phlox subulata – commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox – which also went by the name moss pink,” the almanac says.

The first of the supermoons of 2021 rises tonight and will be at its fullest at 11:32 p.m., according to NASA. It will start to rise in the east-northeastern sky at 7:24 p.m. and will remain visible until 7:13 a.m. Tuesday.

This is the first of three consecutive “supermoons” on the way in April, May and June. The next will be May 26, for what is dubbed the “flower moon.” And June 24 will have what is called a “strawberry moon.”