The Pink Moon

The supermoon aka pink moon is all set to appear tonight at 11:31pm ET.
The cosmic feast for the eyes, that makes the moon appear bigger and brighter, happens when the moon is both full and closest to the Earth during its roughly 28-day orbit. When this happens, the moon appears to pop.
Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City told Yahoo Life, that the moon doesn’t actually grow bigger.
He said: “We get a full moon every month (and sometimes twice when we get a blue moon) so this will be the fourth full moon of the year. While a full moon isn’t always a supermoon, a supermoon is, by definition, a full moon that is just really close.”
On the opposite end of the spectrum, a micromoon is when the moon is at its farthest point from the Earth.
And that pink nickname isn’t derived from any sort of rosy hue emitted from the moon— according to The Old Farmer's Almanac, it only symbolises a flower called Phlox subulata with moss pink leaves that bloom in April and May.
The astronomer added that it's fairly easy to enjoy the supermoon; you just have to look up.

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