When did the Pink Moon rise?
The Pink Moon reached its fullest phase yesterday (Tuesday April 11) at around 7.08am in the morning.
It then kept astronomers in the UK waiting until moonrise at about 8pm BST when it finally reappeared at its fullest in the sky.
Although the full illumination of the moon technically only lasts a few seconds, to the naked eye and telescopes it remains in that phase for about three days.
The Pink Moon rises once a year but if you have missed it you can watch again
How can you watch the Pink Moon again?
If you missed out on the moon or slept right though it, you still have a chance to catch it tonight.
If you go out stargazing this evening, the moon should still appear to be full as long the clear skies are clear and you stay away from urban light.
But if you do not have the time to go outside and look skyward, you can watch the Pink Moon from the comfort of your home.
Thanks to robotic telescope service Slooh, you can watch the highlights of a YouTube live stream recoded last night. Watch the video below to see the Pink Moon.
Despite its name, the Pink Moon does not actually turn Pink
Does the Pink Moon actually turn pink?
Despite its name the Pink Moon does not turn pink, just like the Blue Moon does not turn blue.
The confusing name originates in Native American ways of keeping track of time by naming the different phases of the moon.
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Little pink flowers which bloom in the spring, called wild ground phlox, are the reason why the moon is called Pink.
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Over the years it has also been called the Fish Moon, the Sprouting Grass Moon and the Egg Moon.
But the April full moon holds a certain amount of significance these days beyond its interesting name.
For Christianity, Easter Sunday falls on the Sunday after the first full moon of the Spring Equinox, and in Judaism it marks the start of the Passover.
A brand new full moon rises roughly every 29.5 days
When is the next full moon?
A new moon rises roughly every 29.5 days and the next full moon will rise on May 10 and then fade away on May 25.
Here is a full list of full moon phases this year:
- Wednesday May 10
- Friday June 9
- Sunday July 9
- Monday August 7
- Wednesday September 6
- Thursday October 6
- Saturday November 4
- Sunday December 3