Calling all stargazer and amateur astronomers: You are for a treat this month. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac ever-dependable, a "pink moon" is expected to be seen before dawn on Friday, April 19.
There is only one problem in the youth: No really roses.
But before you throw your telescopes into the trash, remember that the mechanism of the name is confusing at all times. For example, Whole Strawberry Moon, which comes later in the year, is not, in fact, like a strawberry. It's not really red. And the Whole Moon of the Sea does not look like an ear of corn, either. And the Full Worm Moon-well, you got a picture.
Despite the color, the spectacle is a great way to get out and celebrate the spring. Here's what you should know if you want to see it for yourself.
Where's the name of Pink Moon, then?
We know what you're thinking: If the pink moniker does not really mean anything, where the moon gets its name,
It's actually named after a flowering plant North American called "moss pink" (or "wild ground phlox," if you want to get fancy about it), which tends to bloom at the same time as it repeats the recurring month. The Almanac reminds us that these plants went out right now, early spring.
In addition to colorful calling cards, the month of April has other names that can be used differently: "sprouting grass moon," "egg moon," and "moon moon."
How do you see this Pink Moon year?
According to Almanac, the moon will reach the peak fullness at 7:1