A ‘pink’ supermoon appears over Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The pink moon set over Quebec City at dawn on April 27. While the moon is actually its usual orange (when near the horizon) or white colour, the late April full moon is called “pink” because it corresponds with the blooming of the moss phlox or “moss pink” flower.

On the evening of April 26, people looking toward the southeastern sky saw the rising “pink moon,” the first of two supermoons of 2021. This moon appears no different from the average full moon to many observers, and is more orange (when near the horizon) or white (as it rises higher in the sky) than pink.