WASHINGTON — The largest supermoon of the year is almost here. You’ll be able to get a glimpse of a bright, full moon, dubbed the "Pink Supermoon," on Wednesday evening.
Unfortunately, Wednesday night’s supermoon will not actually be pink.
The name “pink” moon name comes from flowers that bloom during the month of April.
Other nicknames for an April full moon are “grass” moon and “egg” moon.
A supermoon is when the moon appears slightly larger to the naked eye here on Earth.
The larger appearance happens because the moon is closer to Earth during a period called perigee.
Perigee occurs about once a year, but can bring as many as four supermoons in a year.
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The Earth and the Moon are only 226,000 miles apart during Perigee, as opposed to their most distant point, which is 253,000 miles.
Wednesday’s full moon will peak at 10:35 p.m. EDT.
Supermoon's are about 6% larger and 15% brighter than the average moon. While impressive, the naked eye won’t be able to notice the difference.
Still, it’s worth getting outside and checking out, assuming the weather holds and the forecast rain and clouds stay away.
The moon won’t be this bright again until May 2021.