A Full Pink Moon is Coming This Week
Here’s how to catch a glimpse of this ancient symbol of Spring.
You’re going to have to get up early if you want to witness the moon’s next show. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, amateur astronomers can expect to see a "Full Pink Moon" just before dawn on Friday, April 19.
Though the moon won’t technically be pink, onlookers will be treated to a celestial celebration of Spring that dates back to ancient times.
As the Almanac explains, native peoples once observed the seasons by giving names to each recurring full moon. “Time was not recorded by using the months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar,” the website notes. “As a result, many of the traditional names we use in The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from the Native Americans who interacted with American Colonists.”
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April’s full Moon is called the Full Pink Moon because it tends to correspond with the arrival of the pretty pink blooms of one of North America’s early Spring flowers, wild ground phlox or “moss pink.”
According to the Almanac, the moon will reach peak fullness at 7:12 am EST on Friday, April 19, though it will be easiest to see at night when they sky is darkest.