Stunning Pink Moon Photos Show Supermoon Rising Over New York, Paris, Tokyo

The pink moon captured the attention of people all around the world on Monday, who photographed the stunning lunar event as it illuminated the night sky over iconic landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and Stonehenge.

The pink moon isn't actually pink in color, a fact that inevitably causes confusion each year.

pink moon statue of liberty new york
The super pink moon rises above the Statue of Liberty in New York City on April 26, 2021 as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. The pink moon is so-called not because of its appearance, but because of the timing of its appearance, which coincides with the pink blooms of the wildflower creeping phlox. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

A full moon occurs roughly once a month, and "pink moon" is simply the name that was attributed to the April full moon in North America.

The name is said to derive from the pink petals of the wildflower creeping phlox, which often blooms at this time of the year.

Pink moon rises above Paris' Eiffel Tower
A supermoon rises over the Eiffel Tower on April 26, 2021 in Paris, France. Sam Tarling/Getty Images

The pink moon goes by various different names all over the world, and has both cultural and religious significance.

Many Christians call the pink moon the "paschal moon," and for Hindus, the moon corresponds with Hanuman Jayanti, the celebration of the birth of Lord Hanuman.

Pink moon behind Tokyo Skytree in Japan
The pink moon is seen behind the Tokyo Skytree on April 26, 2021. Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

Other, less common traditional names for the April full moon include the fish moon, frog moon, breaking ice moon, moon when the streams are again navigable, budding moon of plants and shrubs, moon of the red grass appearing, moon when the ducks come back, and moon when the geese lay eggs.

A full moon appears when the moon and the sun align on opposite sides of the Earth, and the side of the moon facing Earth appears fully illuminated.

Pink moon above Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul
A full pink super moon sets over the famous Suleymaniye Mosque on April 26, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

However, the April pink moon was particularly special because it was also a supermoon—the first of two that we'll be able to observe this year.

The moon's orbit is elliptical, and when it approaches its perigee (nearest point to Earth) it appears slightly larger and brighter than normal.

However, the differences between a full moon and a supermoon are difficult to detect because they are so slight, and because full moons occur only once a month and cannot be compared to each other directly.

"A full moon at perigee is just 7 percent larger than a regular full moon, so the difference in size is not discernible, although it does appear slightly brighter than usual," Tania de Sales Marques, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory in the U.K., previously told Newsweek.

Pink moon rises over Havana, Cuba
A full super pink moon rises above Havana on April 26, 2021. Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images

According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, the super pink moon reached peak illumination at 11:33 p.m. ET, though some of the most stunning photographs captured it at sunset, when it appeared more golden in color.

The moon also tends to appear even larger when it is observed closer to the horizon than it does when it's seen higher in the sky, a phenomenon known as the "moon illusion."

Pink moon over Stonehenge
The full moon sets behind Stonehenge on April 27, 2021 in Amesbury, southern England. Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

Another supermoon, the super full flower moon, will appear in a month's time, on May 26.

The full moon in May is commonly known as the flower moon. Named in a similarly way to the pink moon, this is in reference to colorful wildflowers that are known to bloom in that period—including bluebells, sundrops, and violets.

The May moon is also known as the milk moon, hare moon, and corn planting moon.

Pink moon seen over Nasiriyah in Iraq
This picture taken on April 26, 2021 shows a view of the full Pink moon seen next to street lights in the city of Nasiriyah in Iraq's southern Dhi Qar province. Assaad Al-Niyazi/AFP via Getty Images