Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Stargazing 2017: Full 'Pink Moon' to Illuminate the Skies on April 11

Stargazing 2017: Full 'Pink Moon' to Illuminate the Skies on April 11

It will be the fourth full moon on the 2017 lunar calendar and the first full moon of spring in the northern hemisphere.

Although you should be able to get a good view of the Full Moon without any astronomical instrument, you can also watch it rise in the sky live online through Slooh's community telescopes. I've got the details for you right here. These names tended to reflect things happening in the world during the full moon, rather than the appearance of the moon itself. The fish nickname was reportedly coined by coastal American Indian tribes that noticed shad would swim upstream to spawn around the time of the April full moon.

What are full moons called and when are they in 2017?

The moon is not exactly pink, the name comes from the attractive wild ground phlox flower or moss pink herb, which blooms in Canada and U.S., around this time every year, a report revealed.

As there is a full moon tomorrow and it is April, the moon is pink.

The pink moon will be at its peak early Tuesday morning shortly after 2 a.m., so if you want to see it in all its glory, you'll have to stay up late.

Skywatchers on the US West Coast can feast their eyes a bit earlier at 11:08 pm PDT on Monday, April 10.

April's full moon will likely appear in its usual color, but it should still be a sight to behold. To find out when moonrise and moonset are in your area, punch your location into this handy Moonrise and Moonset Calculator.

The Pink Moon will be rising on Tuesday, April 11.

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