Happy Full Pink Moon 2018: What You Need to Know About May’s Full Moon

Why is it called a pink moon? The name can be traced back to North American aboriginal peoples, who referred to the full moon in April as a pink moon after a type of wildflower.

This wildflower blooms early in the year, helping to signify that spring has arrived.

April’s full moon goes by a number of other names in different cultures. Some coastal tribes refer to it as the fish moon because it coincided with the shad swimming upstream.

The timing of the full moon’s appearance depends on where the moon is in orbit around the Earth – this is why the actual time of the full moon can be in daylight for certain locations.

Those on the East Coast of the United States will have the chance to see a nearly full moon at around 7.30pm, according to Space.com.

The moon and sun will even share the sky for a short period of time in New York, due to the sun setting twenty minutes after the moon rises.

It takes the moon about 29.5 days to go through all of its phases meaning on average each month has one full moon.

Skylore assigns names for every full moon. The April full moon is called the Grass Moon, Egg Moon or Pink Moon here in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s autumn now, this full moon is the Hunter’s Moon, or full moon following the Harvest Moon (which is the full moon nearest to – not necessarily following – the equinox).

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