MANILA-The "Pink Moon", or the full moon for the month of April, illuminated the night sky on Good Friday. However, if you're eagerly anticipating tonight's full moon because it carries the nickname "Pink Moon", I have a devastating truth to reveal: It won't be pink. The site notes: "Native peoples once observed the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon".
According to the the Old Farmer's Almanac, May's full moon "marked a time of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom". "Other names were the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and - among coastal tribes - the Full Fish Moon, when the shad come upstream to spawn". The moon will reach its Full Moon phase at 11.12 am UTC.
Every night, viewers on Earth see the same side of the Moon facing the Earth but the amount of sunlight reflected off it varies day-to-day.
Sure, it's a bit of a letdown that we will not be witnessing a magical, pastel-pink celestial body, the moon may appear yellow, orange, or red due to the atmosphere.
The Moon won't actually be pink, unfortunately. Or more precisely when the ecliptic longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180°.
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Traditional Western folklore often associates insane behavior with full moons dating back to ancient times.
This full moon is considered an Easter Moon because Christian church has set the First Day of Spring on the fixed date of March 21 while the Equinox and astronomical First Day of Spring can vary from March 19 through March 21.
May's full moon is the Flower Moon, with all the blooming posies.
When can you see it?