Nature has prepared something beautiful to light up these trying times. April 7 marks the appearance of the brightest full moon of the year, also known as the supermoon.
And it won’t be your ordinary supermoon too. The Earth’s natural satellite is about to change its color for a night.
Even though the official name of this happening is “The Pink Moon”, the actual shade of the planet will be reddish, golden and orange during the rise. It will reach its peak at 10:35 EDT.
The Pink Moon’s distinctive color is the result of it moving as close to the Earth as possible (which is exactly 252,707 miles). Therefore, the light of the Sun that it reflects will travel down to us through the maximum amount of atmosphere. And our atmosphere tends to let long wavelengths of light — namely the red and oranges ones — through first.
Americans will be able to observe the Pink Moon with the naked eye. The next supermoon will happen on May 7.