If the skies are clear, those of us looking up at the heavens will get to see a beautiful phenomenon on Thursday night: a pink moon.
As with the "blue moon," the pink moon doesn't actually denote a change in color, even though the moon has been known to turn shades of pink during a supermoon, which occurs when the full moon lies near perigee — or closest to Earth. The pink moon is named so because it heralds the arrival of moss pink, or wild ground phlox — one of the first spring flowers. It also goes by a few other nicknames thanks to its association with spring: the Sprouting Grass moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.
And if that mischievous moon proves to be elusive tonight, you can tune in to at 8 p.m. EDT for a livestream of this exciting event with editor Janice Stillman and astronomer Bob Berman.