A Rare Moon

A Rare Moon

We’ve all seen the moon. We see it almost every night. Some nights it lights up the sky while other nights are filled with darkness. Many of us don’t pay much attention to the moon because we’ve seen it all our lives, except for when the moon is pointed out. Those nights are most likely when the moon is full, looks orange, and seems closer to Earth. It happens a few times throughout the year and typically only lasts for a few hours. While some might argue that those are supermoons, when is the last time you saw an actual supermoon? Last Monday night, we had a supermoon and here’s what scientists and historians have to say about it. 

 The Super Pink Moon setting behind Stonehenge this morning

The full moon that we had on Monday is called the ‘Pink Moon’ and is said to be linked to the end of the world. In ancient times, people believed that the event was linked to the appearance of beautiful flowers while others thought it signified the end of the world according to TheSun.com


Some might wonder what exactly is a pink moon. A pink moon is a type of supermoon that occurs when a new full moon or full moon is closer to Earth than normal, and is the rare result of several space phenomena all occurring at once according to TheSun.com


The name “pink moon” comes from Northern Native Americans, and they named it after a spring flower called Wild Ground Phlox, which is native to the eastern USA and one of the earliest widespread flowers of Spring according to TheSun.com. It’s got a pink hue and blossoms around the same time as April’s full moon. According to TheSun.com,”Natural phenomenon is always linked to the date of Easter because it appears after the spring equinox.” In other places around the world, the moon is referred to as the Egg Moon, Full Sprouting Grass Moon, Growing Moon or the Full Fish Moon according to TheSun.com 

 The huge moon dwarfs the Shard in London

Some religions view the moon as a sign. “According to one Rabbi, the Moon becoming as large as the Sun is an “injustice” to God. This injustice will be rectified in the end of days,” Rabbi Berger said, according to BreakingIsraelNews. “In the end of days, the sun and the moon will be equally ‘great’. The full Moon – of which the Pink Moon is one form of – means different things to different religions.” According to Nasa,”There are a number of variations of the Hindu lunisolar calendar, but for many this full moon corresponds with the Hanuman Jayanti festival celebrating the birth of Lord Sri Hanuman. Every full Moon is a holiday in Sri Lanka, for Buddhists in Sri Lanka, this full Moon is Bak Poya, commemorating when the Buddha visited Sri Lanka and avoided a war by settling a dispute between chiefs,” all according to TheSun.com. 


The effects on Earth caused by the Pink Moon is somewhat unknown. Some scientists believe the Pink Moon can cause small increases in tectonic activity because of the effects of the gravitational pull of Earth’s rocky satellite. A super moon may also bring the largest tides of the year according to TheSun.com. That’s because a closer moon exerts a stronger gravitational pull and creates more variation between the tides. However, according to TheSun.com, the effects of the Supermoon on Earth are minor, and several studies have concluded that there is nothing significant that can link the super moon to natural disasters.


 A pink supermoon is seen over Belvoir castle in LeicestershireAccording to TheSun.com, the reason a Pink Moon occurs is because when Earth’s rocky neighbour makes a close approach to our planet because the Moon’s orbit is off-centre, its distance to the Earth is greater at one end than the other. Not every Super Moon is a Pink Moon, although the moon sometimes turns an orange hue when it’s low in the sky because bluer wavelengths of the moonlight are filtered out by Earth’s atmosphere when it’s closer to the horizon as it rises which results in more of the red component of moonlight travelling directly into your eye making the moon appear red or orange according to TheSun.com. The moon can only really appear to have turned pink during a total lunar eclipse which is often referred to as a Blood Moon.


The Pink Moon is only one of many super moons this year. The next super moons are as follows: the Flower Moon will take place on May 7th, the Strawberry Moon on June 6th, the Buck Moon on July 5th, the Sturgeon Moon on August 3rd, the Full Corn Moon on September 2nd, the Hunter’s Moon on October 1st, the Beaver Moon on November 30th, and the Cold Moon will take place on December 30th.