Is the Pink Moon Really Pink? The Truth Revealed!

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Written by DEPKES.ORG March 2023

Although it won't be officially full until 12:34 a.m. EDT Thursday April 6, it will still appear plenty full when it rises above the eastern horizon on Wednesday evening, April 5.

Alas, barring some unforeseen atmospheric phenomena, the moon won't appear pink to our eyes. Instead, the moon should be "its usual golden color near the horizon and fade to a bright white as it glides overhead," according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

For millennia, people across the world, including Native Americans, named the months after nature’s cues. Each full moon has its own name.

Why is it called the pink moon?

The Old Farmer's Almanac concurs with NASA, saying that "April’s full moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain pink wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata – commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox – which also went by the name 'moss pink.'"

It's also known as the Paschal full moon (the first full moon of spring, which began with the equinox on March 20), the Old Farmer's Almanac said. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, which means that this coming Sunday, April 9, is Easter.

Full moon determines the date of Easter

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