Why the Pink Moon won't actually be pink

  • 10 April 2017
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The full moon in April - known as the Pink Moon - will rise this week on Tuesday 11 April.

Skygazers should be able to spot it from 7.08am (British Summer Time) when the moon is on the exact opposite side of the Earth as the sun.

But will the moon actually be pink?

Newsround has everything you need to know.

Why is it called the Pink Moon?

Image caption A full moon occurs every 29.5 days

In many cultures, including Native American tribes, people named the full moons throughout the year as a way to keep track of time.

So although April's full moon is known as the Pink Moon, don't expect it to look particularly pink!

It's named after pink flowers called wild ground phlox, which bloom in early spring and appear throughout the United States and Canada.

It is also called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon in other parts of the world.

Why is the Pink Moon special?

Image caption The Pink Moon will rise on Tuesday at 7.08am (British Summer Time)

April's full moon marks important festivals and holidays for people around the world too.

The date of Easter is the first Sunday following the full moon, which itself follows the spring equinox. This year Easter falls on 16 April, a week after the Pink Moon.

Hindus celebrate the birth of Hanuman in India in a festival called Hanuman Jayanti.

The April full moon will also mark the beginning of Jewish Passover.

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