Spring is in full swing, and on April 19, stargazers worldwide will have the opportunity to see one of the season’s coolest lunar sights: A full “pink” moon that is expected to illuminate the sky.
The Pink Moon, also known as the April full moon, will be the fourth full moon of the year, after millions of people spotted other ginormous moons, including the eerie Super Worm Moon in early 2019, the Daily Mail reported. On Good Friday, the full Pink Moon will be visible from multiple spots on Earth, including North America, where stargazers can see the pretty sight at 7:12 a.m. EST.
Even though it has a cool nickname, the Pink Moon won’t actually be a vibrant pink shade. However, this lunar occurrence lines up with the blooming of a pink wildflower, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac website. The Pink Moon’s nickname comes from pink phlox (“wild ground” phlox), an Herb moss that blooms in Canada and the U.S. during the spring season. Space.com noted the Pink Moon also has other nicknames, including the Paschal Full Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Full Sprouting Grass Moon.
— The Full Pink Moon sets over the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the NASA Glenn Research Center early on the morning of Monday, April 30, 2018.
— Rami Daud (@ramidaud) May 2, 2018
The Pink Moon’s appearance will depend on the moon’s orbiting position around the planet. This is why certain locations worldwide will be able to spot the Pink Moon during daylight hours, such as the early morning. To see spring’s first full moon, stargazers might want to go to an area where there’s only a little light pollution, so the moon will look like it’s lighting up the sky and not hiding.
For more updates on April’s Pink Moon, visit NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) Night Sky Planner on its website.
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