April is here, and Spring has officially arrived. With a new month, and a new season comes a new full moon known as the pink moon. April’s full moon is known as the pink moon but this year’s holds special significance and it’s nothing to do with it’s colour.
This year’s pink moon is also the first full moon of the spring season which is now officially underway. Spring has two dates in which it could start, in the meteorological sense it starts on March 1, or in the astronomical sense it starts on spring equinox which took place on Monday (March 20).
With April’s full moon being the first full moon of spring it makes it the Paschal full moon. This is an important Moon to those who celebrate Easter, since Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon.
The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources.
The name for the pink moon unfortunately has nothing to do with the colour. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “April’s full Moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox Subulata. Commonly known as creeping phlox or moss phlox, it also went by the name “moss pink”. Thanks to this seasonal association, this full Moon came to be called the “Pink” Moon!”
So, when will you be able to see the Pink Moon? Here’s everything you need to know about the celestial event.
When is the next full moon?
The next full moon will peak on April 6. The Old Farmer’s Almanac said there will be 13 full moons throughout the year. These are listed below.
- January 6: Wolf moon
- February 5: Snow moon
- March 7: Worm moon
- April 6: Pink moon
- May 5: Flower moon
- June 3: Strawberry moon
- July 3: Buck moon
- August 1: Sturgeon moon
- August 30: Blue moon
- September 29: Harvest moon
- October 28: Hunter’s moon
- November 27: Beaver moon
- December 26: Cold moon
Top Stargazing Tips
Stargazing is easy, you just go outside and look up at the night sky, but to get the most spectacular views, there are a few rules you should follow. The best tip is finding a dark-sky site, and checking the weather forecast before going. Light pollution can often affect how much of the night sky’s occurrences we see, even more so, cloudy weather conditions make it more difficult to see the stars beyond.
If you are unable to get to a designated dark-sky site, find the least illuminated spot you can where you can see the horizon. Stargazing is such a popular hobby for amateurs and professionals alike, it’s likely there is a club near you, or you may have friends with a similar interest. Finding a buddy or club to join on the cold dark nights is always helpful, and one of the best ways to stay safe when stargazing.