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Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Science | By Carlton Santiago

April's full moon rises this week, but will it really be pink?

April's full moon rises this week, but will it really be pink?

But before you go searching for a big salmon-coloured dish in the sky, there are a few things you should know.

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The pink Moon will reach its fullest phase on 11 April 2017 at 2:08 am EDT - that's 7:08 am United Kingdom time.

What is the meaning of a "Pink Moon"?

Although the name suggests that the moon will be pink this week, that's not exactly the case for the special full moon this month.

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Associated with Spring, life and nature's rebirth, April's Pink Moon honours some of the first spring flowers to emerge, the "moss pink", also known as wild ground phlox. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, Native American tribes (and then, later, Colonial Americans) used a calendar based on cycles of the moon to mark the seasons, giving each full moon a name to reflect its time of year.

The Pink moon will appear to be full from April 10 to 12; those who want to enjoy this view can check moonrise and moonset timings at their locations on timeanddate.com.

How do I see it?

Why all the fuss?

The full moon has religious significance marking the start of Passover for Jews while Easter occurs the first Sunday after the pink moon. In other cultures, people refer to the April full moon as the egg moon, the fish moon and the sprouting grass moon, the website says. As EarthSky points out, the full moon lasts for only a moment - for the brief period when the moon is directly across from the Sun.

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