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This full moon was spectacular, and another is on its way in May.

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IOUX FALLS, South Dakota (KELO) — The season's first supermoon has arrived. But look up quickly, or you'll miss it. This is also known as the Pink Moon. According to NASA, the Pink Moon will be complete until Wednesday morning.




According to the Farmer's Almanac, the moon is not pink, but it appears brighter and more significant because it is closer to the Earth than at other times of the year.  It's also known as a supermoon.


According to NASA, the April Pink Moon gets its name from the herb moss pink. This is one of the first spring flowers to bloom on the east coast of the United States. The moon orbits the Earth once every 27 days. Furthermore, they said, a supermoon occurs when the moon is at its closest approach to Earth.


According to the Farmer's Almanac, this week's supermoon was 222,211.7 miles from Earth. The moon is not only beautiful to look at, but it also has cultural and spiritual significance for three different groups.


According to NASA, the Pink Moon is known as the Paschal Moon in Eastern Christianity because it is the full moon before Easter.  Easter will be celebrated on May 2 in Eastern Christianity, according to the Julien Calendar.



According to NASA, this is Hanuman Jayanti, the celebration of Lord Hanuman's birth, which is observed in most areas on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra.


According to NASA, the April moon corresponds with Bak Poya for Buddhists, particularly those in Sri Lanka. 

This is when the Buddha came to Sri Lanka and settled a feud between chiefs, averting a war.


If this Pink Moon is missed, there will be another supermoon shortly.


The next supermoon will occur on May 26, according to space.com. According to the Farmers Almanac, the Flower Moon will be 222,116.6 miles away from Earth on that day.

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