Here's how to catch a star-studded April thanks to these astronomy events

Meteor showers, pink supermoons, and zodiacal glows, oh my!

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Meteor showers, pink supermoons, and zodiacal glows, oh my! A slew of astronomy events promise to dazzle people across the country this month, so be sure to mark your calendar and keep a pair of binoculars handy.

If you're searching for the best time to head outside or wondering how to catch these stunning phenomena in the sky, don't sweat it—we've got you covered. Sure it might require waking up at a few unusual times, but it'll surely be worth your while. First up: the zodiacal glow!

What is the zodiacal glow?

Thanks to a cloud of dust particles orbiting the sun, we can catch a glimpse of sunlight being reflected toward earth, which results in this experience, according to NASA. Those in search of the zodiacal glow should try to find a column of light extending from the horizon. Though it's still being researched, the zodiacal glow is said to be a result of mars! 

What does the zodiacal glow look like?

Have a look at the Palatinate Forest near Bad Düerkheim in Germany in March 2021. You'll be able to catch that faint column of light toward the left of the photograph. That's the zodiacal glow! At times, it can look like a pyramid. 

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When can I see the zodiacal glow?

Those in the northern hemisphere are expected to see the zodiacal glow from now until April 13. 

What is the best time to see the zodiacal glow?

The best time is after twilight. It is likely to appear in the west after sunset, according to EarthSky

Next: the pink supermoon

On average, these cool moons often appear roughly 15% brighter and 7% bigger, according to Farmer's Almanac

What does the pink supermoon look like?

Much like Chrissy Teigen's new hairdo, the moon sports a rosé-colored tint. However, sometimes it could come across as golden or white-colored, according to Farmer's Almanac.

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When can I see the pink supermoon?

The first pink supermoon of 2021 is happening on April 26! If you miss it, don't worry: It'll return a month later, on May 26. Talk about good timing!

What is the best time to see the pink supermoon?

The best time to see this spectacular event is at night. (Farmer's Almanac suggests after sunset.) The moon will reach peak illumination at 11:33pm EDT—a bit late for the kiddos, but hopefully not for you! suggests arriving early, as it predicts the peak illumination will be two minutes earlier at 11:31pm. 

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Lastly: the Lyrid meteor shower 

Following a months-long meteor drought, these space rocks will enter Earth's atmosphere as glowing hot air, according to NASA

What does the Lyrid meteor shower look like?

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These are shooting stars! You have to be on your toes to catch 'em! These were captured in Germany in April 2020.

When can I see the Lyrid meteor shower?

We're expected to see them all over the world! Catch them from April 19 to the morning of April 23, according to EarthSky

What is the best time to see the Lyrid meteor shower?

Take a look between moonset and dawn!

Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.