Published: Wed, April 24, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

April's (not really) 'Pink Moon' rises on Good Friday

April's (not really) 'Pink Moon' rises on Good Friday

Stargazers around the globe can look forward to seeing the full Pink Moon in all its glory in the early hours of Friday morning after it rises on the night of April 18.

For April, that meant wild ground phlox would bloom as spring's first blooms, which happened to be pink. Other names include Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon.

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, each month's full moon has a nickname that can be traced hundreds of years to the Native Americans and American colonists - when the seasons were marked by giving names to recurring full moons.

Tonight, at 7:12 p.m., continue your observance of Good Friday by finding a cozy spot with your loved ones and look up. Just before dawn on April 19, keep an eye out for the "pink moon".

But, in the modern, digital age of internet excitement, it's the pink designation that has gained prominence because it "sounds" as if some spectacular color is about the engulf the moon.

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Maternity wards are said to be busier during a full moon, although in the medical world there are many who are sceptical about whether the moon encourages labour.

However, there was something special about the moon yesterday.

"This moon is at 29 degrees, which is the end of the sign, so something close to your heart is coming to fruition or reaching a natural conclusion". It will be a sight to see, but it won't be pink like the name may lead you to believe. "If you've been unhappy with the status quo, this will probably feel refreshing. All you can do is pay attention and go where you feel called", she says.

As the moon orbits the Earth and the Sun, it goes through a cycle of phases called the Lunar Cycle.

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