A rare pink supermoon created a halo around the Statue of Liberty’s crown and lit up the night sky over Miami in one of the brightest and biggest displays expected this year.
Night owls were treated to a stunning sight Monday night with the supermoon 30 percent more dazzling and 14 percent larger than the average full moon.
In the city that never sleeps, it loomed large above the Empire State Building and the rest of the iconic skyline casting a golden glow over New York City.
From the other side of the Hudson River, New Jersey residents could enjoy the view of Lady Liberty under the moon’s spotlight from Liberty State Park in Hoboken.
NEW YORK CITY: The pink supermoon sets behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City on Monday night with the moon 30 percent more dazzling than usual
NEW YORK CITY: The full moon, known as the ‘Super Pink Moon’, rises over the skyline of New York and the Empire State Building, as seen from West Orange, New Jersey
MIAMI: The Carnival Vista cruise ship is seen sailing out to sea under the full Pink Super moon in Miami Beach in Florida
NEW YORK CITY: A rare pink supermoon created a halo around the Statue of Liberty’s crown Monday night as seen from Liberty State Park in Hoboken, New Jersey
Despite its name, the lunar surface did not actually glow pink, with its name actually deriving from the early springtime blooms of certain flowers native to eastern North America that are commonly known as creeping phlox – but have been referred to as ‘moss pink.’
Stunning photos captured the breath-taking display from different parts of the United States as the supermoon was visible from sunset before reaching peak illumination at 11:32pm ET.
Off the coast of Florida, the Carnival Vista cruise ship was seen sailing out to sea under the glow of the full moon in Miami Beach.
Over in Kentucky, a jet was seen silhouetted by the rising moon on its approach into Louisville International Airport.
In Washington DC, the golden moon was pictured sitting in the purple sky above the Jefferson Memorial while it shone down on the Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick, in York, Maine.
WASHINGTON DC: The moon rises over the scaffolding surrounding the entrance to the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC
MAINE: The supermoon rises behind the Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick, in York, Maine, Monday night
From the other side of the Hudson River, New Jersey residents could enjoy the view of Lady Liberty under the moon’s spotlight
LOUISVILLE: In Kentucky, a jet was seen silhouetted by the rising moon on its approach into Louisville International Airport
The super full moon earned its name as it is at the point in its monthly orbit that it is closest to Earth at the same time that it is full.
At its farthest point, the moon is about 253,000 miles (405,500 kilometers) from Earth, according to NASA.
At its closest it can be just 226,000 miles away from Earth and so it appears far larger than a normal full moon.
While the moon will appear full for nearly three days around the same time – 11:32pm ET – starting Sunday through Wednesday morning, Monday evening was its peak brilliance.
It is the first of two supermoons this year, with a second expected to make an appearance on May 26.
This makes the pair the closest to appear together this year.
And space enthusiasts will be excited to know that the second will be a little closer – and therefore brighter and bigger – too.
NEW YORK CITY: The full moon is seen over the Hudson River in New York. The super full moon earned its name as it is at the point in its monthly orbit that it is closest to Earth at the same time that it is full
NEW YORK CITY: The pink glow is seen behind the Statue of Liberty Monday night. While the moon will appear full for nearly three days starting Sunday through Wednesday morning, Monday evening was its peak brilliance
CHONGQING, CHINA: A supermoon rises over buildings in Chongqing, China for what was the first of two supermoons this year
LONDON, UK: The full moon loomed over Central London Monday night. A second pink moon is expected to make an appearance on May 26
REPUBLIC OF NORTH MACEDONIA: The Super Pink Moon rises behind the stork in a nest in the village of Rzanicino
NEW YORK CITY: The Empire State Building and the iconic New York City skyline are set against the backdrop of the moon
However, if you miss the Pink Moon, the Flower Moon will rise May 26 and be 98 miles closer to Earth.
The name pink moon harks back to the Maine Farmer’s Almanac in the 1930s which gave each month a different name for its moon.
Meanwhile, space also putting on a show overnight Monday with the peak of the stunning Lyrid meteor shower that is set to see up to 18 shooting stars streaking across the sky every hour from about midnight onwards.
While the shooting stars can be seen anywhere on Earth, people in the Northern Hemisphere were told to prepare for the best views, especially rural areas away from city lights.
The Lyrid meteor shower received its name because of the trails that follow stars, which seem to radiate from the constellation Lyra (the Lyre).
NEW YORK CITY: From Liberty State Park in Hoboken, the moon is seen behind the Statue of Liberty Monday night
INDIANA: A man watches the moon rise from an observation tower in New Albany, Indiana, Monday night
MICHIGAN: The moon rises behind the 55-foot ‘And You, Seas’ welded stainless steel sculpture by sculptor Richard Hunt, in St. Joseph
NEW YORK CITY: The phenomenon, known as the ‘Pink Moon’, earns its name from the flowering of the brightly-coloured herb ‘moss pink,’ which typically coincides with its arrival
LONDON, UK: The pink supermoon casts an orange glow on the Tower Bridge over the River Thames in London
NEW YORK CITY: The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in Queens, New York, is seen Monday night with the super moon in the sky
The debris actually comes from the orbit of the comet Thatcher.
Although Thatcher is quite far from Earth, orbiting the Sun only once every 415 years, it sprinkles cosmic detritus far and wide along its path.
As they burn up the meteors streak through the sky at speeds of about 110,000 miles per hour.
Though the Lyrids aren’t the brightest shower —the Perseuds and Geminids both outshine them — they are one of the first observed by humans.
They were first spotted by Chinese astronomers in 687 BC.
While meteor showers can be seen from Earth, the meteoroids that cause them are actually no bigger than pebbles.
OHIO: the Super Pink Moon rises behind construction equipment in use for a new housing development off Seasons Road near State Route 8 in Cuyahoga Falls
NEW YORK CITY: The pink moon name comes from the Herb moss pink phlox, or ‘wild ground’ phlox, which blooms in early spring in the US and Canada
NEW JERSEY: People watch the Super Pink Moon rise above lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City on as seen from Jersey City
NEW YORK CITY: In the Northern Hemisphere, the April full moon lines up with the blooming of one of spring’s earliest-flowering plants – wild ground phlox, or ‘moss pink’
NEW YORK CITY: People gather in Hoboken, New Jersey to gaze at the moon from across the Hudson River
WHAT IS A FULL PINK MOON AND WHERE DOES IT GET ITS NAME?
The phenomenon, known as the ‘Pink Moon’, earns its name from the flowering of the brightly-coloured herb ‘moss pink,’ which typically coincides with its arrival.
It’s also known as the Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Growing Moon or Full Fish Moon.
The name comes from the Herb moss pink phlox, or ‘wild ground’ phlox, which blooms in early spring in the US and Canada.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the April full moon lines up with the blooming of one of spring’s earliest-flowering plants – wild ground phlox, or ‘moss pink’.
The phenomenon, known as the ‘Pink Moon’, earns its name from the flowering of the brightly-coloured herb ‘moss pink’
The pink moon, which is also known as the grass moon and the egg moon, was given its moniker by Native Americans, who provided a name for each full moon to help them keep track of time.
Native Americans have a name for the full moon of every month in the calendar, including Wolf Moon for January, Snow Moon for February and Worm Moon for March – then Flower Moon in May. Strawberry Moon is for June, Buck Moon is for July and Sturgeon Moon is for August.
In September, there is a Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon is in October, Beaver Moon is in November and Cold Moon is in December.