April 11th or Tuesday night will be coming with the so-called Pink Moon. This lunar event should be best observed by sky-gazers sometimes about mid-night. But what exactly is this Pink Moon and what does is signify?
What Is The Pink Moon And What Is The Source Of Its Name?
On Tuesday night, the Moon will reportedly be on the exactly opposite side of the Earth when compared to the Sun. As such, this will mark the full phase of the so-called “Pink Moon”. This nighttime spectacle can be enjoyed from in between April 10th and 12th as during this period, the moon will seem full.
Nonetheless, the event’s peak moments will be taking place around midnight on April 11th. Those watching the sky from the West Coast of the United States could have started enjoying the show a little earlier, at around 11:08 p.m. PDT on April 10th.
According to reports, the name of the event, the “Pink Moon”, does not come from the sky event itself. Instead, it is more closely tied to the phlox flower of the pink moss herb. This pink wild plant is known to start blooming annually across the United States and Canada around this time of the year. Also, Native Americans reportedly used this denomination in order to denote the seasonal changes.
Besides this appellative, April’s full moon is also known as the “Full Sprouting Grass Moon”, which is based on the fact that new grass starts sprouting around such periods. This month’s moon is also called the “Full Fish Moon” by coastal tribe people as the shad should start swimming upstream around this period.
The Pink Moon will be visible from Tuesday night until the late hours of Wednesday morning. As it falls before the Easter holidays, the lunar event can also be referred to as the “Egg Moon”. In the past, it was allegedly used in order to fix the date for this event. Easter was always on the first Sunday after this moon.
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