Why the full pink moon will not actually be pink


Look up! A special full moon that traditionally determines when Easter will be will grace our skies on April 19th.
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It won’t actually be pink, but April’s full moon will light up the night sky at the end of this week.

The full “pink moon” will reach its peak at 7:12 a.m. ET Friday, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. For the best view,, look up Thursday night, it recommends. 

The moon will remain more than 90% full until April 22, according to the Almanac. The next full moon won’t be until the May 18 “flower moon”, the Almanac says.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac says the April full moon “heralded the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox – one of the first spring flowers.” It has also been called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon, the Almanac says. 

In fact, the moon may actually appear yellow, orange or red, depending on atmospheric conditions, according to AccuWeather.

Going to miss the full moon? Don’t worry, because the Lyrid meteor shower is Sunday and Monday nights, too. Although light from the moon may interfere, the shower may hit about 20 meteors per hour this year.

Contributing: Doyle Rice and Ryan Miller, USA TODAY.

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