Rare pink supermoon rises over Bondi Beach but it will be MOST visible across Australia tomorrow – here are the best times to catch the stunning sight
- A rare full moon, dubbed the ‘Pink Moon’, has lit up the sky over Bondi Beach
- Despite its name, the moon does not glow pink, instead shining a goldish colour
- There are two supermoons this year – one in April and one on Wednesday May 26
A rare pink supermoon hovering close to earth has cast a spell over Australians as it lit up the sky over Bondi Beach.
The astrological phenomenon, dubbed the ‘Pink Moon’, put on a show as it basked on the skyline just above roof tops in Sydney’s east on Monday afternoon.
Locals walking along the coastline stopped to gaze up at the marvel as it carved a goldish orb on the horizon.
A full moon is called a supermoon when it is at it’s closest point to earth, making it look much larger and brighter.
A rare supermoon, dubbed the ‘Pink Moon’ (pictured) lit up the sky over Bondi on Monday night
Locals walking by the beach stopped to gaze up at the rare astrological phenomenon
This supermoon is 30 percent more dazzling and 14 percent larger than the average full moon – but do not expect the lunar surface to be glowing pink.
The name derives from the early springtime blooms of certain flowers native to eastern North America that are commonly known as creeping phlox – but has been referred to ‘moss pink.’
Despite putting on a vibrant display on Monday, Australians should have a great view of the full moon for the entire evening of April 27.
However, it will be most impressive at sunrise and sunset when it is closest to the horizon.
Despite its name, the lunar surface does not glow pink, instead emitting a stunning goldish colour
On average, supermoons are about seven per cent bigger and about 15 per cent brighter than a typical full moon.
While supermoons typically only occur once every 12 to 14 months, this year we will be graced with two – just weeks apart.
The second supermoon is on Wednesday, May 26, which is also the date of a total lunar eclipse, so the moon will turn into a super blood moon.
The eclipse begins at 6.47pm AEST and will peak at 9.18pm. This blood moon will be a reddish colour due to earth’s shadow covering the moon.
WHAT IS A FULL PINK MOON AND WHERE DOES IT GET ITS NAME?
The phenomenon, known as the ‘Pink Moon’, earns its name from the flowering of the brightly-coloured herb ‘moss pink,’ which typically coincides with its arrival.
It’s also known as the Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Growing Moon or Full Fish Moon.
The name comes from the Herb moss pink phlox, or ‘wild ground’ phlox, which blooms in early spring in the US and Canada.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the April full moon lines up with the blooming of one of spring’s earliest-flowering plants – wild ground phlox, or ‘moss pink’.
The pink moon, which is also known as the grass moon and the egg moon, was given its moniker by Native Americans, who provided a name for each full moon to help them keep track of time.
Native Americans have a name for the full moon of every month in the calendar, including Wolf Moon for January, Snow Moon for February and Worm Moon for March – then Flower Moon in May.Strawberry Moon is for June, Buck Moon is for July and Sturgeon Moon is for August.
In September, there is a Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon is in October, Beaver Moon is in November and Cold Moon is in December.