Apr 06, 2017 06:50 PM EDT
A full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the moon is completely brightened as seen from Earth. It occurs every 29.5 days. Now, this April full moon will rise next week on April 11, 2017.
This full moon is known as Pink Moon. Though it doesn't look exactly pink. The term ‘Pink’ comes from the moss pink herb or wild ground phlox flower, The Sun reported. This flower blooms in early spring and becomes comprehensive throughout the U.S. and Canada this time of year.
A moon month is slightly shorter than Earth’s calendar month. The dates of full moon shift slightly from year to year, but months stay at the same position. It is a good news for moon lovers, from everywhere they will see a pink color big full moon in this April.
According to Space, on the evening of Sunday, April 9, the moon will rise on Virgo Constellation, which is located exactly 12 degrees east of Jupiter. Next day, when the sun still looks full and rises, the angle between the full moon and Jupiter is 2 degree which means that the closest approach won’t be visible to people in the U.S. Experts claimed that those in Europe and points east should be able to see it.
This Pink full moon has several names. Sometimes, It is called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon. This full moon will also indicate the beginning of Passover for the Jewish people. In India, Hindus celebrate the birth of Hanuman in a festival called Hanuman Jayanti. April full moon marks different types of festival and holidays in the other parts of the world.
Here one question may arise that when and where the full moon should become visible. The Pink full Moon should become visible at 6.08am on April 11. For the west coast people, the moon will appear at 11:08 p.m. PDT on Monday, April 10. Sky-watcher from Los Angeles will see the full phase on Monday night. For that city which is far south than New York, will be somewhat higher in the sky over the course of the evening on April 11.
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