Tonight, the fourth full moon of the year will be on display, and it’s called the “Pink Moon.”
Why is called a “Pink Moon?”
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, in ancient times people used to track the seasons through a lunar calendar, so names were given to recurring full moons to mark the change in season.
April’s full moon was named the full “Pink Moon,” because it coincided with the blooming of “moss pink” or wild ground phlox — a bright pink wildflower, one of the first flowers of spring.
Is actually going to be pink?
Unfortunately, no as the name is deceiving. The moon will not take on a pink color, but will rather appear like any other full moon. It may be a yellowish color, or a brighter golden-orange once it nears the horizon.
What time can we see it?
According to the Almanac, the moon will reach its peak at 7:12 a.m. EST on Friday. They also recommend taking a look the night before, Thursday, because the moon will be nearing its peak while illuminated against the dark sky.
And if you thought a “Pink Moon” was neat, there will be another colorfully named full moon on May 18, 2019 — the “Blue Moon,” according to Travel and Leisure.
It should still be quite beautiful so don’t forget to go outside and look up tonight!