Tonight we will experience something called a “pink supermoon.” Two criteria have to be met for this to happen.
- It’s the first full moon following the spring equinox.
- The moon must be at perigee–i.e. its closest approach to Earth in its 28-day orbit.
If you get a chance to take a look tonight, the moon will be 30% brighter and about 14% bigger than normal. And no, it won’t be pink. It’ll be its usual golden hue.
So why a “pink moon?” Because this coincides with the flowering of moss pink, a North American wildflower.
What better time to call Nick Drake into service, huh?
BONUS: This one from the Flaming Lips (via Michael).