The “Pink” Moon appears tonight (don’t get too excited)

April 10, 2017: The Pink Moon makes an appearance tonight, but I hate to break it to you: no matter what you’ve heard or seen, the moon won’t be colored pink. Just like when a “blue moon” appears, we get to see the usual brilliance of a full moon, and the name comes from something interesting.

In this case, a pink wildflower called ‘wild ground phlox’ usually blooms around this time of year, just in time for April’s full moon. Hence, the ‘pink moon’ name.

For those that want to see the exact moment is full, head out around 1:08 a.m. tonight. The moon appears full through Wednesday, so you have time to catch a glimpse. April’s full moon has a lot of importance culturally. This is the first full moon of the Spring season, marks the beginning of Passover, and determines when Easter Sunday is (the first full moon after the vernal equinox (the start of Spring)).

While we won’t get a pink colored moon, the sight of a full moon is still a wonder to behold. Enjoy!

-Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on April 10, 2017

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