The first supermoon of the year will happen Monday, appearing up to 30% brighter and 14% bigger than a typical full moon. On average, supermoons are about 7% bigger and about 15% brighter than a typical full Moon.
It’s the first of two supermoons in 2021: Another is coming down the pike in May. The two moons are “virtually tied” in terms of size and brightness, according to NASA.
Traditionally called the Pink Moon, because it often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata—commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox—which also went by the name “moss pink.”
This full Moon will be visible after sunset and reach peak illumination at 8:33 P.M. PDT.