The annual Pink Moon is the fourth Full Moon of the year and always falls in the month of April. The April Moon owes its unusual name to a type of pink American wildflower, which blooms around this time of the year. Unfortunately, this means the Full Moon will not be turning a bright pink colour today. But the Moon will still be the biggest and brightest it will be all month, providing an amazing opportunity for stargazers to enjoy in its full glory.
What time is the April Pink Moon today?
The Full Moon has already reached its point of peak illumination around 12.12pm BST (11.12am UTC).
This marked the moment in the Moon’s orbit when it’s Earth-facing side was directly opposite the Sun.
But the good news is the Moon always appears full for at least two to three days around the peak.
And here in the UK, the Moon is only a few hours from peaking over the horizon.
When viewed from London, the Full Pink Moon will show up from around 8.05pm BST (7.05pm UTC).
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The Pink Moon will rise in the east-southeast skies and journey across the skies until tomorrow morning.
On Saturday, April 20, the Moon will set around 6.51am BST (5.51am UTC) in the wed-southwest skies.
Maritime astronomer Bruce McClure of EarthSky.org said: “On both April 18 and April 19, 2019, you’ll see a round full-looking Moon in your sky.
“The Moon turns full in front of the constellation Virgo the Maiden at 11.12pm UTC on April 19.
“That means that, from some places worldwide, the moon turns full before dawn on April 19.”
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Where can you see the Pink Moon tonight?
The Full Moon will be visible everywhere today in the nightside of the Earth.
Mr McClure said: “Technicalities aside, however, the Moon appears full to the eye for a few days.
“That’s because at the vicinity of Full Moon, the Moon remains more or less opposite the Sun for a day or two.
“From around the world, expect to see a full-looking Moon lighting up the nighttime from dusk until dawn tonight.”
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What is the significance of the Pink Moon?
Followers of the western branches of Christianity recognise today’s Full Moon as the start of the Easter weekend.
The Pink Moon also happens to coincide with Good Friday, the day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Easter Sunday is always observed on the first Sunday following the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox.
This year, a Full Moon fell just four hours after the March 20 equinox, and as a result, Easter was pushed back to the end of April.