The smallest full moon of the year will rise on Thursday evening, an event astronomers have dubbed the Mini Pink Moon.
The moon will indeed be mini—this marks the moment when the Earth and moon are farthest apart, making the moon appear smaller than usual—but it won’t actually take on a pink hue. The springtime full moon earned its name from Native Americans, who were likely referencing the pink phlox flowers that bloom this time of year, according to Slooh, a space broadcasting site, and The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Slooh will host a livestream of the moon, filmed at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, from 8 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. EDT on Thursday. Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, will join Paul Cox, Slooh’s host, and Bob Berman, an astronomer with Slooh, to discuss the phenomenon.
Slooh is a TIME partner. You can go to Slooh.com to join and watch this live broadcast, snap and share your own photos during the event, chat with audience members and interact with the hosts, and personally control Slooh’s telescopes.
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