The Meaning of the Pink Moon
When you look up at the sky tonight, you will see a bona fide Pink Moon.
But don’t be fooled by the name, the celestial sphere won’t actually be a special shade of salmon.
Instead, the title is derived from the Native American tradition of naming full moons.
And as this is the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, it is a pink moon.
Here’s everything you need to know.
When is the Pink Moon?
The pink moon is on April 11 in 2017.
What is the meaning of a ‘Pink Moon’?
There's a pink moon tonight, here's what it means:
As mentioned previously, the moon won’t actually look pink.
It’s name actually derives from the Native American practice of giving titles to full moons.
As there is a full moon today and it is April, the moon is pink.
The reference comes from the moss pink herb, or wild ground phlox flower, which is widespread by spring.
But the moon isn’t just referred to as a pink moon, it is sometimes called a Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon or the Full Fish Moon.
How do I see it?
The Pink Moon will be visible from 6.08am on April 11.
Why all the fuss?
It signifies the start of many religious calendar.
The full moon in April is significant because it dictates the start of many religious holidays.
For instance, Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox.
It also dictates the beginning of Jewish Passover and the Hindu Hanuman festival.
What are full moons called and when are they in 2017?
Jan 12: Wolf Moon
Feb 10: Snow Moon
Mar 12: Worm Moon
Apr 11: Pink Moon
May 10: Flower Moon
Jun 9: Strawberry Moon
Jul 9: Buck Moon
Aug 7: Sturgeon Moon
Sep 6: Harvest Moon
Oct 5: Hunter’s Moon
Nov 4: Beaver Moon
Dec 3: Cold Moon