FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — 2021's first supermoon rises tonight.
PASS IT ON! First Full Supermoon of 2021 arrives Monday night, April 26th. It will appear slightly larger and brighter than usual. Photo courtesy of Sandy Bartlett. #Supermoon #Space pic.twitter.com/YMU0ZBTM3g
— Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) April 22, 2021
The pink supermoon peaks at 11:32 p.m. Monday.
A supermoon is a full moon that appears bigger in the sky than usual, according to Space.com.
According to NASA, astrologer Richard Nolle coined the term supermoon in 1979.
A supermoon occurs when a new or full moon is closest to Earth.
The moon can appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than when a moon is at its farthest from Earth.
Supermoon vs. #micromoon: what's the difference? 🤔💭 One is at perigee, and the other is at apogee! 🌕 April and May's Full Moons this year are both #supermoons, so here's 5 things you should know before looking up: https://t.co/biUTfuzdpn pic.twitter.com/yoadKk5H1U
— AdlerPlanet (@AdlerPlanet) April 21, 2021
April's full moon is known as the pink full moon, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.
It's called this because a wildflower, Phlox subulata, that's native to eastern Northern America blooms around this time.
This wildflower is more commonly known as creeping phlox or moss phlox.
It's also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon according to various Native American tribes.
You'll be able to get a decent view of the full moon tonight since we'll see partly cloudy skies.
But if you miss it tonight, you'll be able to see it again Tuesday night.
May's full moon will be another supermoon.