A month is seen as it rises to the skyline of New York City seen from West Orange, NJ, Saturday, April 4, 2015. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez)
The Pink Moon flushes into the night sky all over the world by the end of the week, but the whole month may not appear as its name may lead you to believe.
This month's moon rose on Thursday night and is visible throughout the world, the weather permits. It will officially be 100% full at 4:12 a.m. PDT Friday. People who miss the Pink Moon of Thursday night can catch it on Friday night, as it will still be full.
The full moon of the month has a nickname that is often tracked for hundreds of years with Native Americans or early Colonials from Europe.
"The entire April Moon is called the Full Pink Moon, which expresses the appearance of 'moss pink,' or wild ground phlox-one of the first spring flowers," reported Almanac of the Old Farmer.
Purple and pink plants Phlox blooming in the spring. (Photo / Atilin)
Despite its nickname, the upcoming full moon does not appear to be pink. However, the moon may appear yellow, orange or even red depending on the conditions of atmospheric rights as the first peers above the horizon.
It is also when the moon appears its largest due to an optical illusion, sometimes referred to as the illusion of the moon.
Other names for the whole month of April include the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon.
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Watchers can find the full moon to appear east of the east on Thursday evening before sunset, local time. The moon rose in the same place on Friday night; however, this will be done shortly after sunset, local time.
When darkness is lost, stargazers can look at the western sky to see the constellation of Orion. It will be one of the last opportunities to see the prominent constellation until the summer summer or early fall, due to the opposite of the sun in the weeks surrounding the summer solstice, which will take place Friday, June 21, 2019.
Some shooting stars can also cross the sky as Pink Moon rises a few nights before the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower, the first major meteor shower since January.
The next month will arise on May 18, 2019.