Don't Miss the Pink Moon

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Don't Miss the Pink Moon

This full moon marks the start of several religious festivals around the world, including the birth of Hanuman in India, the beginning of Passover for Jews, and the Christian Easter celebrations take place on the first Sunday after the full moon.

"[These names] were used by early Colonial Americans-who learned the names from the local Native Americans; time was not recorded by using the months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar", The Old Farmer's Almanac said.

The moon rise Monday evening is at 7:24p.m. and will be 98.8% full.

The moon becomes officially full at 2:08 a.m. eastern early Tuesday, but to the human eye will appear totally illuminated from dusk to dawn. The full moon is called a "pink moon" because of pink flowers that traditionally bloom in 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.

As mentioned previously, the moon won't actually look pink. According to Space.com, it's given that name for the wild ground phlox that are blooming through the United States and Canada in the spring.

April's full moon has several other nicknames including the grass moon, seed moon, and egg moon.

The date of Easter is the first Sunday following the full moon, which itself follows the spring equinox. The Lyrids are an average meteor shower visible from April 16-25, but the peak only lasts about a day.