What’s happening with the ‘Super Pink Moon’?
- The “Super Pink Moon” will be the biggest and best super moon of the year, Forbes reports.
- A Super Moon occurs when the moon is closer to the Earth than regular, which happens because the moon has an elliptical orbit.
- On Wednesday, the moon will only be 221,851 miles away rather than its regular distance of 238,855 miles, NBC DFW reports.
- It will look 7% bigger and be 16% brighter than a regular full moon, according to the Weather Channel.
Is the Super Pink Moon actually pink?
- It isn’t literally going to be pink. The moon will be the same color as usual. It’s just called a pink moon because it comes in spring when moss pink wildflowers are in bloom, Yahoo! News reports.
What is the best time to view it?
- The best time to view it is not on the night of the full moon, as it will be too bright. Instead, Science Focus suggests looking with binoculars or a telescope a few nights before or after the full moon. This way, more details such as the moon’s craters will be easier to see.
- If you want to view it on Wednesday night, Forbes suggests you try and look during moonrise — before the moon reaches its full brightness. To find out when moonrise will take place in your city, they linked the following moonrise calculator.