Astronomists and sky watchers everywhere have something to look forward to in April. The first full moon of spring, known as the super pink moon, will be in the sky on the night of April 5th.
Is The Moon Really Pink?
This particular moon goes by several names including the fish moon, grass moon or egg moon. Those names come from Native American lunar ceremonies. Christians call it the Paschal moon because it arrives just before Easter.
The moon does not glow pink.
Most people call it the pink moon because of a spring flower that starts blooming at the same time. The moss pink plant, also known as wild ground phlox, is a ground cover with delicate pink flowers. Those pink flowers are one of the first signs of spring.
WHEN CAN YOU SEE THE PINK MOON?
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the moon will be visible after sunset and at its brightest around 12:37 A.M.
“For the best view of this lovely spring Moon, find an open area and watch as the Moon rises just above the horizon, at which point it will appear its biggest and take on a golden hue!” (Find local Moon rise and set times here.)