The spectacular Pink Moon will be seen on the night of Tuesday, April 7, at 10:35 p.m. EDT
With everything going on in the world right now, we could all use some kind of a pick-me-up. Thankfully, the month of April will bring just that for stargazers as it is once again time for the magnificent Pink Moon to grace the skies. Bearing immense significance for many communities, April's full moon will illuminate the heavens on the night of Tuesday, April 7. Venture outside any time after sunset to catch a glimpse of this full moon—which is a supermoon—although you'll be able to see it in all its magnificence when it reaches peak illumination at 10:35 p.m. EDT.
According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, we're currently in the midst of a series of supermoons. The first occurred earlier this month on March 9 and the upcoming April Pink Moon will be the second in line. The last of the supermoons in this series is set to occur on May 7. Although there are three in the series, you might regret missing the supermoon next month due to the fact that it will be closer to Earth than the other two. This will make it the biggest and brightest full Moon of 2020.
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The Worm Moon is the first of three supermoons to occur in 2020. The other two will occur on April 7th as the Pink Moon and on May 7th as the Flower Moon. #supermoon pic.twitter.com/bbP9gRt7Cd
However, do not expect to see a huge moon shining bright pink since it is known as the Pink Moon. Despite its name, it won't actually look super pink—or any shade of pink, actually—since April's full moon gets its name from the early springtime blooms of a certain wildflower native to eastern North America. According to The Telegraph, the early Native Americans kept track of the seasons and lunar months by each full moon a nickname. These names most often than not relate to an activity or an event that took place at the time in each location. In the Pink Moon's case, it has a seasonal association with the phlox subulata—commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox—which also went by the name "moss pink."
Since the practice of naming full moons in this manner wasn't a uniform system, tribes tended to name and count moons differently. April's full moon is also known as the Egg Moon, due to spring egg-laying season. Meanwhile, some coastal tribes referred to it as Fish Moon as the shad swimming upstream. The Pink Moon also plays a crucial role in determining the date of Easter. April’s full moon is the first to occur after the March equinox—making it the first full moon of spring and the Paschal Full Moon. Easter is observed on the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon.
It is said that the full moon in April brings frost and that if the full moon rises pale, one should expect rain. According to this 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. Twitter is already buzzing with anticipation for the appearance of the magnificent supermoon next month, and so are we!
April’s full pink moon lands on my birth day 🥺🥺🥺 Im going to have such a dreamy year I can feel it— mexican vanilla (@alehondaaa) March 21, 2020
On April 7, "Super Pink Moon" will shine brightly to our night sky. The closest and brightest Supermoon of 2020. Stay tune everyone!🌙🌕— Cheng (@cherry_espares) March 21, 2020