On Sunday there will be a full pink moon hanging over the USA. The term is used to refer to April's full moon, but do not expect to look up into the sky and find an explosive of cotton candy pink.
Despite its name, the pink moon is not rosy, but that makes it no less spectacular in the early spring sky. Your ability to see the full pink moon of this year depends on where you live, but in general the highlight on Sunday will be around 9:00 pm. eastern time, just before sunset. However, the nearly full moon will not ascend until around 7:30 pm Eastern time. This means that the full moon will be sharing the sky with the sun for about 20 minutes.
Others in the continental US will also be able to observe the full moon and the sun together in the sky, albeit for a shorter period of time. For example, the moonrise will appear in Miami at 19:41, while the sunset will be nine minutes later. Take a look at TimeandDate to see when is the best time to see the full pink moon in your city.
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The name comes from the ground Phlox, a flower that blooms early spring, when the pink moon is seen. The April full moon is also referred to as the burgeoning grass moon, the egg moon and the fish moon.
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While the full pink moon signifies spring for some, for others like Buddhists in Thailand and Sri Lanka, it is a sign of a New Year. For those in the southern hemisphere, the full pink moon appears at the beginning of autumn rather than spring.
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The full moon is out What is known as a phase of the moon. Although we are always on the same side of the moon, we see different angles of the moon at different points of the month. According to NASA, the phases are caused by changing angles of the sun as the moon orbits the earth. When this happens, our view of the moon will grow from a crescent moon to a full moon.
Unlike other celestial events, such as meteor showers, you do not have to be on time to see the full moon. While there is a climax, the moon will look like one day before and one day after the full moon phase.
This article was first written by Newsweek
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