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What is Pink moon and where it can be seen?

April’s full moon, also known as the Pink Moon, raised on April 5, and was visible in its full glory throughout the night. Around the globe, the Pink Moon was raise at around dusk and was sets at around dawn, meaning it was visible for most of the night. 

‘Pink Moon’ Full Moon Could Actually Be Pink in Some Places.

This full Moon was also the Paschal full Moon this year. Here’s everything you should know about the Moon this month, including facts, folklore, and Moon phase dates.

April’s full moon is nicknamed the “Pink Moon” but it has nothing to do with the actually hue of our sole natural satellite in the sky. That said, it’s not inconceivable that this week’s appearance by the whole of the moon can’t have a bit of a pinkish tint to it.

The phrase Pink Moon is more likely to be an earworm than a celestial occurrence, thanks to the classic Nick Drake song that seems to perpetually resurface in a movie or advertisement every few years.

When it comes to the spring moon, it gets its nickname from the pink phlox flower known as creeping phlox or moss phlox that begins to add some color to the eastern US around this time of year.

Other nicknames for this full moon include the Breaking Ice Moon, Frog Moon and Sucker Moon. This full Moon is also the Paschal full Moon this year. Here’s everything you should know about the Moon this month, including facts, folklore, and Moon phase dates.

Paschal Full Moon: The First Full Moon of Spring

This year, April’s full Moon is the first full Moon of the spring season, which began with the spring equinox on March 20, 2023. This means that April’s full Moon is the Paschal Full Moonan important Moon to those who celebrate Easter, since Easter’s date depends on the date of the Paschal Full Moon

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon (i.e., the first full Moon of spring).

Why Is It Called the Pink Moon?

The full Moon names used by us come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name has applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not only to the full Moon.

The Pink Moon

Although we think this name had to do with the color of the Moon, the reality is not quite as mystical or awe-inspiring. In truth, April’s full Moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata—commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox—which also went by the name “moss pink.” 

April Moon Facts and Folklore

A full Moon in April brings frost. If the full Moon rises pale, expect rain.

  • On April 20, 1972, the lunar module of Apollo XVI landed on the moon with astronauts John Young and Charles Duke aboard. Thomas Mattingly remained in orbit around the moon aboard the command module. 
  • One day later, on April 21, 1972, Apollo XVI astronauts John Young and Charles Duke drove an electric car on the surface of the moon. It’s still up there along with some expensive tools and some film that they forgot.
  • According to folklore, the period from the full Moon through the last quarter of the Moon is the best time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops.

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