A “Super Pink Moon” is coming this week, here’s what that means


A full moon will be visible from about 7 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday and this “Super Pink Moon” will be the largest full moon of the year.

Full moons are different sizes of because of its oval shaped orbit and those which are 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average moon are dubbed “supermoons.”

According to USA Today, the term “supermoon” was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle and has become more and more common nomenclature since. NASA says the media now often uses the words “supermoon” in place of “perigean full moon,” which astronomers call a full moon near the time the moon is closest to Earth.

It is called a pink moon not for color but because it comes at the same time as the early blooms of the pink plant Phlox. It is expected to reach peak illumination at around 10:30 p.m. ET.