- The April full moon heralded the appearance of pink moss, one of the first flowers of spring.
- The April full moon is also the first full moon of spring, which began with the vernal equinox.
- She has also been called the Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, and Fish Moon.
The pink full moon will rise in the eastern sky on Saturday evening – but it won’t be pink.
So why is it called the pink moon?
“The April full moon often corresponded with the first spring blooms of a certain pink wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata – commonly known as creeping phlox or moss phlox – which was also known as” moss pink,'” the Old Farmer’s Almanac said. .
The April full moon heralded the appearance of moss pink, one of the first flowers of spring.
For millennia, people around the world, including Native Americans, have named the months after cues from nature. Each full moon has its own name.
“The tribes followed the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon,” the Almanac said. “Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.”
The April Moon has also been called the Sprouting Grass Moon and the Egg Moon. According to the almanac, it was called the fish moon when the shad swam upstream to spawn.
The full moon will reach its maximum illumination at 2:57 p.m. EDT Saturday, but it won’t be visible above the horizon until after sunset.
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It will appear full to most observers from Friday morning through Monday morning, according to Newsweek.
April is the first full moon of spring, which began with the March 20 equinox. “This means that the April full moon is the Easter full moon – an important moon for those who celebrate Easter, since the date of Easter depends on the date of the Easter full moon,” the Almanac said.
The word derives from Pascha, which means Passover in Greek and Latin, according to The Guardian.
Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, which means it will be celebrated this year on April 17.