Appeal to all star-gazers and amateur astronomers: This month a treat awaits you. According to the always-reliable almanac of the Old Farmer, it is expected that on Friday, April 19, just before dawn, a "pink moon" will be visible.
However, before throwing your telescopes into the trash, remember that the confusing name mechanism keeps appearing. For example, the Full Strawberry Moon, which appears later in the year, is actually not like a strawberry. It's not really red either. And the Full Corn Moon in September does not look like an ear of corn. And the Full Worm Moon ̵
Despite the colors, the spectacle is still a wonderful way to be outside and celebrate spring. What you should know if you want to see it yourself.
Where does the pink moon get its name from?
We know what you think: If the pink moniker really does not mean anything, where does the moon get its name from?
It turns out that the name was actually named after a North American flowering plant called "Moss Pink" (or "wild ground phlox" if you feel like it). This plant flowers at about the same time as this recurrent full moon. The almanac reminds us that these plants emerge just in the spring.
In addition to the colorful business card, April's Full Moon also has several other names that can be used interchangeably: "Spitting Grasmond", "Eimond" and "Fishmoon".
How can you see Pink Moon of the Year?
After the almanac, the moon reaches fullness at 07:12. (EDT) on Friday, April 19. To best see it, you should really make sure it starts on the night of May 18, when it will be on "fast peak abundance" and is easiest to see against the dark night sky.