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The most stunning photos of the pink supermoon from around the world

After Monday night, the next supermoon will be on May 26.
/ Source: TODAY

Skies around the world on Monday night featured a unique sight: a "pink" supermoon.

A supermoon, as they are known, are just full moons that are slightly closer to Earth than usual. It happens a few times a year.

The full moon of April, called the pink supermoon, rises over the skyline of New York City on April 26, 2021.Angela Weiss / Getty Images

The “pink” name comes from American Indian Moon names, NASA's Gordon Johnson explained in a statement, and the April full moon is named after the herb moss pink, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox, or mountain phlox. It’s native to the eastern United States, Johnston said, and it is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring.

A supermoon sets behind the Eiffel Tower on April 27, 2021, in Paris.Sam Tarling / Getty Images

“Other names for this Moon include the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes of North America, the Fish Moon, as this was when the shad swam upstream to spawn,” Johnson wrote.

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

He added that this full moon is the first of several supermoons for 2021. The next supermoon, the "flower" supermoon, will be on May 26 and will be slightly closer to the Earth than Monday night’s moon. After that, the "strawberry" supermoon will be June 24.

A 99.8% full supermoon, the first supermoon of 2021, rises behind the Meriton Hotel in the Sydney on April 27, 2021.Steven Saphore / Getty Images

Johnson also noted that the annual Eta-Aquariid meteor shower is expected to be active from April 19 through May 28, and will peak the morning of May 6. People in the United States can see around 10 meteors an hour.

The pink supermoon rises above the Statue of Liberty in New York City on April 26, 2021.Gary Hershorn / Getty Images

Scientist Noah Petro of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland told the Associated Press the important thing is to stay safe while moon-gazing during the pandemic.

People stand on a hill and watch the rising moon on April 27, 2021.Patrick Pieul / Getty Images

“If you can’t get out safely ... then fine,” Petro told the outlet. “Go out next month or whenever it’s safe again. Use the full moon as an excuse to get out and start looking at the moon.”

The full moon rises behind Glastonbury Tor on April 26, 2021, in Glastonbury, England.Finnbarr Webster / Getty Images

"Use this as an opportunity to not physically distance yourself, but emotionally connect with something that is physically far from us," he added.