Astronomical events are scheduled to occur


Adair Taylor, Web Editor

This year, there are many astronomical events to watch such as meteors, super moons, full moons, and eclipses . Later this month, an extremely rare pink supermoon will make an appearance. According to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac”, the pink moon will be visible at sunset on April 26, but its peak illumination will happen at 11:33pm. This is the first of two supermoons this year. Although it’s called the “Pink moon,” there will actually be no pink hue able to be seen. The moon  will remain it’s golden white color. The difference is that the moon will be slightly brighter, larger, and occur near the horizon. It is called the pink moon because of a native flower that went by the name “moss pink”. This relates to the moon because the flowers bloom in April around when the moon will shine.


The Lyrid Meteor shower is said to be roughly April 16 through the 25. It will peak on the 22 and on average produces about 20 comets an hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. These meteors can produce dust trails that last for several seconds. The best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra but can appear anywhere in the sky.


On April 27, there will be a full moon as well as a supermoon. The moon’s face will be fully illuminated as it will appear on the opposite side of Earth, near the Sun. This will cause the moon to be both brighter and bigger than usual. The events coming up have brought attention to themselves through news, and social media. On ‘TikTok’ there are many viral videos mentioning the Pink Moon and helping to bring recognition to it.