April 2021 Full Moon ‘Pink Moon’, Named for a Flower, is Also a Supermoon

Tonight’s full Moon is a so-called “supermoon”and a “Pink Moon”. Florida high school astronomy teacher Kyle Jeter says the pink supermoon has nothing to do with the color of the Moon — this particular full Moon happens to be associated with a certain wildflower that blooms this time of year.  The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that pink wildflower native to eastern North America is known by a variety of names including moss phlox and moss pink. Jeter says this full Moon is also a supermoon because of its distance from Earth, being full when the Moon is at or near its perigee –  the point when it’s closest to Earth in its orbit.  He says a supermoon may appear slightly larger, maybe seven- or eight-percent, though it’s really not that noticeable, and about 15-percent brighter than a typical full Moon.