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What is a pink full moon? Moon phase will dominate the sky over Easter weekend

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April’s ‘pink full moon’ will shine bright on Saturday but will appear full until Monday, creating a full moon weekend

  • The next full moon is known as the pink full moon, named after the phlox flower that is pink
  • This moon appears at its brightest on Saturday at 2:55 PM EDT
  • It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and among coastal tribes, the Fish Moon as it is when allis shad would swim upstream to spawn
  • Moon rises in London at 7:47 PM BST, in New York at 7:44 PM EDT and in Los Angeles at 7:41 PM PDT on April 16

The April full moon, known as the pink moon — not for its color but for the phlox flower blooming in early spring — will shine brightly this Saturday.

It first appears with a golden color and is also known as the Easter moon, from which the date of Easter is calculated in the Christian calendar.

This full moon will be brightest on Saturday, April 16 at 2:55 PM EDT and will appear full through Monday morning. The best time of day to see the full moon is around dusk.

The moon rises in London at 7:47 PM BST, in New York at 7:44 PM EDT and in Los Angeles at 7:41 PM PDT on Saturday.

This month’s full moon is known as the pink moon, not because of its color but because of the phlox flower that blooms in early spring and will shine brightly this Saturday

April’s full moon goes by many different names — some derived from Native American cultures — and was first brought together in the Maine Farmer’s Almanac in the 1930s.

The almanac first named it the Pink Moon in print, after the herb moss pink, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox, or mountain phlox.

“This is a plant native to the eastern US and one of the earliest widespread flowers of spring,” NASA said.

The Pink Moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon, as it appears around the time shad would swim upstream to spawn.

It will have a golden color and is also known as the Easter moon, from which the date of Easter is calculated in the Christian calendar

It will have a golden color and is also known as the Easter moon, from which the date of Easter is calculated in the Christian calendar

FULL MOON NAMES AND THEIR MEANING

January: wolf moon because at that time wolves were heard more often.

February: Snow Moon coincide with heavy snowfall.

March: Worm Moon as the sun warmed the soil more and more and earthworms became active.

April: Pink Moon because it heralded the appearance of Phlox subulata or moss pink – one of the first flowers of spring.

Be able to: Flower Moon because of the abundance of flowers.

June: Strawberry Moon because it appeared when the strawberry harvest first took place.

July: Buck Moon as it came when a male deer’s antlers were in full growth mode.

August: Sturgeon Moon after the big fish that was easy to catch in those days.

September: Corn Moon because this was the time to harvest corn.

October: Hunter’s Moon after the time to hunt in preparation for winter.

November: beaver moon because it was the time to set up beaver traps.

December: Cold Moon because the nights were the longest at this time of year.

Source: Old Farmer’s Almanac

Outside of Native American culture, the moon is also known as the Passover or Passover moon, as the Passover begins at sunset on Friday, April 15, and ends at nightfall on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

In the Christian church calendar, the date of Easter is calculated using the Easter moon. With Western Christianity celebrating Easter on Sunday, April 17 – the Sunday after this first full moon of spring.

A full moon occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, meaning its face is fully lit.

On the morning of a full moon, four of the five visible planets appear in a line above the east-southeast horizon.

Saturn appears at the top right at 15 degrees above the southeastern horizon, Mars at 12 degrees above the east-southeast horizon, Venus at 8 degrees above the east-southeast horizon, and Jupiter at the bottom left at 2 degrees above the eastern horizon.

The full moon will appear 11 degrees above the west-southwestern horizon with the bright star, Spica, at the lower left of the moon.

The brightest star that appears closest to the sky is Vega at 83 degrees above the eastern horizon. Vega is the 5th brightest star in our night sky and the brightest of the three stars in the Summer Triangle.

Vega is about twice as massive as our sun, 40 times brighter and about 25 light-years away.

On the evening of the full moon, Mercury will appear as a bright point of light just above the west-northwestern horizon.

The bright stars of the local arm of our own galaxy will appear scattered along the west-southwestern horizon. Sirius, the brightest of the stars in our night sky, will appear 24 degrees above the southwestern horizon, according to NASA.

The full moon in May is known as the Flower Moon, and it will also be a Blood Moon as it coincides with a total lunar eclipse and takes on a reddish color for 84 minutes.

WHAT IS A FULL PINK MOON AND WHERE DOES IT GET ITS NAME?

The phenomenon, known as the ‘pink moon’, gets its name from the blooming of the brightly colored herb ‘moss pink’, which usually coincides with its arrival.

It is also known as the Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Growing Moon or Full Fish Moon.

The name comes from the Herb moss pink phlox, or ‘wild ground’ phlox, which blooms in early spring in the US and Canada.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the April full moon coincides with the blooming of one of the earliest flowering plants in spring — wild ground phlox or “moss pink.”

The phenomenon, known as the 'Pink Moon', gets its name from the bloom of the brightly colored herb 'moss pink'

The phenomenon, known as the ‘Pink Moon’, gets its name from the bloom of the brightly colored herb ‘moss pink’

The pink moon, also known as the grass moon and the egg moon, got its name from Native Americans, who gave a name for each full moon to help them keep track of time.

Native Americans have a name for the full moon of each month in the calendar, including Wolf Moon for January, Snow Moon for February, and Worm Moon for March — then Flower Moon in May. Strawberry Moon is for June, Buck Moon is for July and Sturgeon Moon is for August.

In September, there is a harvest moon, the hunter’s moon is in October, the beaver moon is in November, and cold moon is in December.

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