When is the April Pink Moon?
The Pink Moon will reach its peak on tonight (Tuesday April 11) but you may have spotted the the nearly full moon yesterday.
Astronomers should have been able to spot the the Pink Moon before it reaches its fullest phase at 7.08am BST as dawn broke on today.
The Pink Moon will rise tomorrow night as the first full moon of April
Keen astronomy enthusiasts will then wait for the full moon to appear again during moonrise at about 8pm BST on Tuesday in the UK.
The moon will slowly move out of its full phase to its last quarter on April 19 and will fully disappear on April 26.
The moon will reach its fullest phase at 7.08am as dawn breaks on Tuesday
Why is the April full moon pink?
Despite its name, the Pink Moon does not actually turn pink in April – in fact the moon never changes its colour.
Just like the Blue Moon, the deceptive name originates in Native American traditions of keeping time based on lunar phases.
The Pink Moon owes its name to pink flowers called wild ground phlox which bloom in springtime.
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In past years it has also been known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and even the Fish Moon.
A new full moon rises roughly every 29.5 days which means it does not alway happen on the same day every year.
Despite the lunar calendar being mostly outdated, the Pink Moon still holds great significance across the world.
The moon dictates the start of Passover in the Jewish tradition, while in Christianity Easter falls on the Sunday after the first full moon of the Spring Equinox.
The Pink Moon does not actually turn pink – it is simply a name given to it
Where can you see the pink moon?
Clear skies are a must and you should avoid urban light pollution that will hamper your view of the moon.
You can also watch the moon online on a Slooh.com live stream and below:
The Pink Moon will appear very close to Jupiter which hang in the night’s sky for the next few months.
Jupiter reached its point of opposition last week on Friday April 7, which means that it is almost directly opposite the Sun.
When is the next full moon?
The next full moon will rise on Wednesday May 10 before disappearing on May 25.
A new full moon rises roughly every 29.5 days
Here is the list of all the full moons 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