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Views of the ‘Pink Moon’

Tim Croft
tcroft@starfl.com
The Star

Wayne Taylor, using a new camera lens, captured and shared these photos of last week’s full moon.

April’s full moon is known as the “Pink Moon” and it was the second in a series of so-called supermoons in 2020, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

The first arrived March 9 and the last will occur on May 7.

However, April’s full moon was the closest to the Earth among those three supermoons and therefore was the biggest and brightest of the three, and the biggest and brightest for 2020, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

On average, supermoons are about 7 percent bigger and 15 percent brighter than a typical full moon, though the difference is very difficult to notice, according to the Almanac.

The name of the moon has nothing to do with its color, but derives from April’s full moon corresponding to the early springtime blooms of a wildflower.

The wildflower, Phlax subulata, commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox, also went by the name of “moss pink” and is native to eastern North America.

Other names for the April full moon include the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon.