Apr 25, 2013

Full Pink Moon tonight with partial lunar eclipse.. So what is a Pink Moon anyway?

Posted Apr 25, 2013

I love learning new things and today I read a new term: Pink Moon. Pink Moon is the term for the full moon in the month of April, and no, the moon will not turn pink tonight (April 25, 2013).

Although we might see a change in color due to the coincidence of partial lunar eclipse that's also happening tonight; probably we'll see the moon a bit orange-y, but who knows it might actually turn somewhat pink tonight haha! The lunar eclipse is visible in Asia, Africa and Europe.

According to various sources, the term Pink Moon dates back to the ancient times where moons were named after the different seasons important to ancient tribes, describing the prominent scenario seen on earth:

Full Pink Moon (April): Bloom of herb moss pink or wild ground phlox during spring.

Full Flower Moon (May): When flowers are abundant

Full Buck Moon (July): New antlers of buck deer grow out of their foreheads.

Full Sturgeon Moon (August): Sturgeon is a large fish. During this month, sturgeons were caught without difficulty, probably it's the time when the eggs hatch and mature.

Full Harvest Moon (September): Also called the Full Corn Moon. A time of harvest. I remember the game Harvest Moon, they probably get it from this term.

Full Hunter's Moon (October): Native Americans hunt in preparation for the winter.

Full Beaver Moon (November): Either they hunt for beavers for their fur or beavers starts to prepare for winter.

Full Cold Moon or Full Long Nights Moon (December): Time of winter where the nights are coldest, longest, and darkest.

Source 1Source 2, Source 3and thanks swashbuckler for the photo

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