Published: 2019-04-17 11:53
Last Updated: 2019-04-17 12:46
If you are a stargazer, then you are up for a big treat this Friday, April 19, 2019, as the sky will be decorated with the “Pink Moon”, the fourth full moon of this year.
Contrary to popular belief, the moon will not actually be turning into the perfect shade of pink. The name was derived from a herb called Moss Pink Phlox, which blooms around this time of the year in the US and Canada.
The Pink moon also announces the arrival of spring and that the flowers are beginning to bloom.
However, the moon can appear red-orange due to the composition of Earth’s atmosphere and the angle at which it is viewed. The moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the sun, meaning that its face will be fully illuminated, according to the Daily Mail.
The full moon will reach its peak fullness at 12:12 GMT, April 19, 2019, and will last all night.
For the best chance of seeing it, try to head to an area with little light pollution, so the moon will look particularly bright in the night sky.