On April 19, stargazers will be able to witness a stunning astronomical display of a full moon that is going to look absolutely gorgeous!
With Easter and Good Friday festive holidays just around the corner, you can enjoy the much-needed family get-together over the weekend. As much as you enjoy being with family and having a good time, you might just be in for another treat. And this time, it is going to be gorgeous, stunning and truly magical in every sense of the word.
Yes, we are talking about the magnificent Pink Moon that is coming your way to illuminate the night sky on Good Friday. On April 19, stargazers will be able to witness a stunning astronomical display of a full moon that is going to look absolutely gorgeous, reports WTHR.
And if you think the full moon will only appear at night time, you are mistaken. The timing depends on where the moon is in its orbit around the Earth and that is the main reason full moon may also be spotted in daylight for certain locations.
The April full moon will be the fourth full moon of this year and it comes just a few months after the world witnessed Monday's Super blood wolf moon. Despite being called the 'Pink Moon', it is not actually pink in color. It gets the name from the emergence of the first wildflowers of spring, specifically wild ground phlox, popularly called "moss pink" flowers.
The pink moon has also been called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the full Fish Moon. Native Americans have a name for the full moon of every month in the calendar.
This includes Wolf Moon for January, Snow Moon for February and Worm Moon for March – then Flower Moon in May. Strawberry Moon is for June, Buck Moon is for July and Sturgeon Moon is for August. In September it is called Harvest Moon, Hunter's Moon is in October, Beaver Moon is in November and Cold Moon is in December.
It is expected to be at its brightest at 12.12pm (BST) on Friday - eight hours before the Moon rises for the night. Now if you are wondering how to watch it, fret not! We have got all the details here.
It will be visible on Good Friday from multiple spots on Earth, including the US and Canada, and you can see the pretty sight at 7:12 a.m. EST. If you want a clear view, the skies need to be clear at the time of dusk and dawn. You should also ensure that you are at a reasonably high position for a clear view down to the western horizon (at dawn) or eastern horizon (at dusk).
If you live in a city, a skyscraper would be a great place to view it. A hill or a multi-storied building also provides a fantastic view with a pair of binoculars. Yes, you do not need any fancy cameras or telescopes to view it.
If you are in China, you can view the Pink Moon in the evening time starting from approximately 4 pm, calculated from China Standard Time. While people from France, Italy, and Spain can see it around 13.00 (WET), reaching its peak in eastern Europe at around 14.00 (EET).
April’s #FullMoon is the Full #PinkMoon, which gets its name from the pink ground phlox or “moss pink”— one of the first #spring flowers! Find out when the Full Pink Moon rises... https://t.co/kNP16qwa8U pic.twitter.com/wUYl8myG6t— Old Farmer's Almanac (@almanac) April 4, 2019
Ever since people found out about the Pink Moon that is on its way, Twitter has been buzzing, feeling really excited about viewing this spectacle at night sky! "Don’t forget, Friday is not only a full moon but also the pink moon soak up the moonlight and align your chakras!"
The next Half-Blood Moon will take place in July this year and it will be visible from certain parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.