Pink supermoon to light up the night sky

April's pink supermoon will peak on Monday night around 11:32 p.m. Julie Bennett

April's pink supermoon will peak on Monday night around 11:32 p.m. Julie Bennett

The first of at least two supermoons of 2021 appeared on Monday, lighting up the night sky around the world.

Despite its name, the pink super moon will not actually be pink.

The April 27 spectacle promises to be bigger and brighter than your typical full moon, and it will mark the first of two super moons due to happen in 2021.

A super moon can either be a full or new moon that occurs during perigee, which is when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. Although the moon will be bigger and brighter, it will not be tinted pink.

If clouds interfere on Monday night, people can still look for the moon on Tuesday night as it will appear to be almost full.

The next supermoon will occur on May 26 - the closest supermoon of the year at 357,463km (222,117 miles) away from the Earth.

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The term - which was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 - refers to any full or new moon that comes within 90 per cent of its closest approach to Earth.

Unfortunately, in Wales there will be quite a lot of cloud cover over the next few evenings, somewhat obstructing our view of the pink supermoon.

Despite what the last picture from Punta Gorda shows, the moon is not called the pink moon because it turns pink; it's just the name for the full moon in the month of April, named after pink flowers that bloom this time of year.

And despite its name, the moon won't actually appear as a pink color.

NASA said the moon rises in the east around sunset. In Chinese culture, the April moon is called the Peony Moon, also after the flower, and some Native American tribes describe the April moon as the Breaking Ice Moon and Frog Moon.

The partial eclipse won't begin until around 7.45pm AEST, but for an additional spectacle keep your eyes peeled at 5.40pm to see the moon on the horizon where it will look enormous. Or you can wait until May's supermoon peaks on May 26.

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