Hot: Don’t Miss April’s Bright ‘Pink Moon’ This Saturday￼
The April full moon, dubbed the Pink Moon – not because of its color, but because of the phlox flower that blooms in early spring – will shine brightly this Saturday.
It begins with a goldish hue and is also known as the Paschal Moon, from which the Christian calendar calculates the day of Easter.
On Saturday, April 16, at 2:55 p.m. EDT, the full moon will be at its brightest, and will remain so until Monday morning. The best time to see the full moon is around dusk.
The moon will rise at 7:47 p.m. BST on Saturday, 7:44 p.m. EDT in New York, and 7:41 p.m. PDT in Los Angeles.
According to NASA, the full moon in April is known by a variety of names, some of which are derived from Native American traditions, and which were first published in the Maine Farmer’s Almanac in the 1930s.
The Pink Moon was first mentioned in literature in the almanac, and was named after the plant moss pink, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox, or mountain phlox.
‘This is a plant native to the eastern U.S. that is one of the earliest widespread flowers of spring,’ according to NASA.
Because it happens around the time when shad travel upstream to spawn, the Pink Moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.
The moon is also known as the Pesach or Passover Moon outside of Native American culture, because Passover begins at sunset on Friday, April 15, and ends at dusk on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
The Paschal Moon is used to calculate Easter in the Christian ecclesiastical calendar. Easter is celebrated in Western Christianity on April 17th, the Sunday following the first full moon of the season.
When the moon is completely opposite the Earth from the sun, it illuminates its entire face, which is known as a full moon.
On the morning of a full moon, four of the five visible planets will appear in a line above the east-southeastern horizon.
In the upper right, Saturn will be 15 degrees above the southeastern horizon, Mars will be 12 degrees above the east-southeastern horizon, Venus will be 8 degrees above the east-southeastern horizon, and Jupiter will be 2 degrees above the eastern horizon.
The full moon will appear towards the lower left of the brilliant star Spica, 11 degrees above the west-southwestern horizon.
Vega will be the brightest star visible overhead at 83 degrees above the eastern horizon. Vega is the brightest of the Summer Triangle’s three stars and the sixth brightest star in our night sky.
Vega has a mass of nearly twice that of our Sun, is 40 times brighter, and is about 25 light-years away.
On the evening of the full moon, Mercury will appear as a dazzling dot of light just above the west-northwestern horizon.
Our galaxy’s local arm’s dazzling stars will seem spread across the west-southwestern horizon. Sirius, the brightest star in our night sky, will shine 24 degrees above the southwestern horizon, according to NASA.
May’s full moon is dubbed the Flower Moon, and it will also be dubbed the Blood Moon due to the fact that it will coincide with a complete lunar eclipse, which will cause the moon to become a crimson tint for 84 minutes.