A Rare Pink Moon Will Illuminate the Sky This Weekend—Here’s How and When to See It

A Rare Pink Moon Will Illuminate the Sky This Weekend—Here’s How and When to See It
  • A Pink Moon will appear in the sky this weekend.

  • The full moon will reach its peak Saturday afternoon April 16, 2022, at around 2:55 p.m. EDT.

  • The moon corresponds with the early springtime bloom of pink wildflowers.

Be sure to look up this weekend—a rare Pink Moon will shine brightly low on the easter horizon, and it’s one you won’t want to miss.

If you love full moons and other celestial events (the Beaver Moon Lunar Eclipse last November was beautiful, and we set out to see October’s Full Moon, the Hunter’s Moon, and watched in awe as September’s Harvest Moon lit up the sky), then the Pink Moon is definitely one to catch. Here’s how and when to see the moon that signifies the beginning of a season, and even some religious holidays.

When to watch the Pink Moon

The Pink Moon will illuminate the sky on Saturday afternoon, April 16, 2022, at around 2:55 p.m. EST, according to NASA. It will appear full for the entirety of the weekend, from early Friday morning through early Monday morning. The moon should be visible from the India Standard Time Zone Sunday morning across Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Ocean to the International Date Line.

What is the Pink Moon?

The Pink Moon is actually not pink at all but will shine golden in the sky during its peak. The bright moon is the first full moon after the spring equinox (which began on March 20, 2022).

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, historically the pink moon was associated with the blossoming of the herb moss pink, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox, or mountain phlox. The plant is native to the eastern United States and is one of the earliest widespread spring flowers, according to NASA. Other names for the Pink Moon include Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and some indigenous coastal tribes referred to it as the Fish Moon.

Folklore says that a full moon in April will bring frost, but if the moon rises pale, you should expect rain. It is also rumored that the period between the first full moon through the last quarter of the moon cycle is the best time for gardening. It’s ideal timing for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

What is the religious significance of the Pink Moon?

The Pink Moon also marks the beginning of major spring holidays. Also known as the Pesach or Passover Moon, the Pink Moon marks the beginning of the spring holiday Passover.

Additionally, the moon is referred to as the Paschal Moon, marking the day Easter will fall every year. Easter is typically celebrated the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring, but this can change based on the calendars used by Eastern and Western churches.

The full moon also marks Hanuman Jayanti, the celebration of the birth of Lord Hanuman, celebrated by Hindus during the first full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra. And Buddhists refer to the Pink Moon as Bak Poya, which commemorates when the Buddha visited Sri Lanka and settled a dispute between chiefs.

When is the next full moon?

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, if you want to catch another full moon this year, mark your calendars for the Flower Moon, which will take place May 16.

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