A Super Flower Moon Will Rise in the Sky This Week
If you missed the first three supermoons of 2020, you still have an opportunity to step outside to see the last. According to Forbes, the "Super Flower Moon" is set to rise this Thursday, May 7, at 10:45 universal time.
The key to spotting this supermoon is to wait about 15 minutes for it to appear. Otherwise, a supermoon, which is a full moon orbiting closely to Earth—making it bigger than a typical moon, should be easy to spot in a clear sky. With any moon or supermoon, first looking to the horizon will help you spot it. The outlet also reports that the supermoon will look like it has an orange hue when it is rising and setting, finally appearing in a yellow color when it peaks over the horizon.
Moon-related news has captivated the world throughout this year, and perhaps the most notable of all was a pink supermoon that popped up in the sky last month. This lunar phenomenon appeared at its peak at 10:35 p.m. eastern time on April 7. What made this supermoon unique? It was marked as the biggest supermoon of 2020 since it was the closest full moon to Earth during its orbit.
Where does the name pink supermoon come from? According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, the out-of-this-world sight's moniker was adopted from the Phlox subulate, a North American bloom whose name means "moss pink." The wildflower also grows most prominently in April every year. Since the moon appears close to Easter, another nickname for the attraction is the paschal moon, which is associated with the annual holiday. On April 27, 2021, the next supermoon—a pink supermoon to be exact—will appear, Forbes reports.