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The final supermoon of 2021: When to see the 'strawberry' moon

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The almost full moon captured by SkyTrak7 in the early morning of May 26, 2021. (Photo: 7News)

WASHINGTON (7News) — The fourth and final supermoon of 2021 is expected Thursday, but will it be pink?

Short answer: no (but there's a reason behind the name).

The supermoon will be fully illuminated at 2:40 p.m. but will be 99.5% full when the moon rises Thursday evening at 8:59 p.m. on the East Coast. A supermoon is when the moon appears bigger and brighter because it's closer to Earth in its monthly orbit.

The moon won't look red or pink like the 'strawberry' moon name suggests. The name comes from the Algonquin tribes of North America who related its appearance to the start of the strawberry picking season.

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