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April’s ‘Pink Moon’ Emerges This Week: Here’s When And How To See It

April’s full moon will be visible on Tuesday and become the fullest at around 7:49 p.m. EDT, and continue until Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory.

The best way and time to view the full moon will be in an open area just before moon rise (Old Farmer’s Almanac offers a moon rise calculator to help figure that out).

Although April’s full moon is called the Pink Moon, it’s not actually pink, but instead gets its name from the pink creeping phlox (or moss phlox) flowers that bloom in North America, one of the earliest flowers to bloom during spring.

The Pink Moon is the fourth full moon of the year and the second full moon of spring, marking the first day of the Jewish holiday Passover, so it’s also known as the Passover Moon—other names include the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon, NASA says.

There’s a full moon every month because the Moon’s cycle lasts for 29.5 days, but they don’t always fall on the same day.

The moon goes through eight stages during its 29.5 day cycle: new moon, waxing sickle, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, fading gibbous, second from last quarter and melting away bow. At the point when the moon enters the full moon stage, it shows up as an ideal circle overhead on the grounds that the whole side of the moon that is confronting the Earth is illuminated by the Sun’s beams.

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The Paschal Moon — otherwise called the Easter Moon — is the primary full moon after the spring equinox and assists with deciding the date of Easter. Easter always falls on the Sunday after the Paschal Moon, which occurred on March 24 this year. So, although March’s full moon was the Paschal Moon this year, sometimes April’s full moon earns that title. The Paschal Moon will fall on April 12 at 8:22 p.m. EDT next year, which is technically 12:22 a.m. UTC—the standard time zone used to regulate all global time—on Sunday, April 13, 2025. Be that as it may, on the off chance that the full moon falls on a Sunday, Easter will arrive on the next Sunday, as indicated by the Illustrious Galleries Greenwich, so Easter will fall on April 20, 2025.

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The full moon won’t be the main eminent sight overhead this week. Around nightfall on Tuesday morning (5:18 a.m. EDT), Mars will be observable over the eastern horizon, and Saturn will be clear over the eastern to southeast horizon, as shown by NASA. About 22 minutes after nightfall, Mercury will rise so near the sun that it will be weak to the unaided eye. On Tuesday around 8:56 p.m EDT, Jupiter will be apparent over the west to northwest skyline.

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