April’s full moon, also known as the “Pink Moon,” will brighten the sky this week.
The moon will reach maximum brightness around 12:35 a.m. ET on Thursday, but it will be at its peak in the more westerly time zone on Wednesday night, according to NASA. This year’s ‘pink moon’ is also the first full moon of spring.
Despite the title, the moon will not look rosy. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the name “Pink Moon” comes from the early spring flowers of a wildflower commonly known as moss pink.
April’s full moon is also known as the “Pesach,” “Easter” or “Passover Moon” because it falls close to Passover, which begins on Wednesday night, and Easter, which is Sunday, April 9. “Sprouting Grass Moon”, “Egg Moon” and “Fish Moon.”
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The Farmer’s Almanac recommends finding an open spot and watching as the moon rises. The website details specific moonrise times for various zip codes.
The “Pink Moon” was preceded by the “Warm Moon” this year. Next month, astronomy buffs can keep an eye out for a full “full moon.”
There’s more to look forward to this month than just the “Pink Moon”. Three of the five visible planets will also be in the sky on Wednesday, NASA said. Venus will be the brightest, Mercury and Mars will also be visible.
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