Full 'Pink Moon' will rise in the night sky this Easter

James Marshall
April 17, 2019

Stargazers are in for a treat this week, as a "pink moon" is expected to illuminate the sky. In fact, it will be 99 per cent full on Friday, May 7 as well as Sunday, May 9.

They note that Native peoples would give distinctive names to each reoccurring full moon to mark the change of seasons.

AccuWeather.com reported that the moon will instead appear yellow, orange or even red - depending on atmospheric conditions when the moon first peers above the horizon - which is when the moon also appears its largest.

According to the the Old Farmer's Almanac, May's full moon "marked a time of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom".

Just to manage expectations here, it won't actually be pink: a "Pink Moon" is the term for the full moon in April.

It's also referred to as the Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Growing Moon or Full Fish Moon.

The Lyrid meteor shower is set to take place between April 16th to 25th, and can bring as many as 20 shooting stars per hour.

The full moon will light up local skies on Saturday, May 18th at 5:11 p.m.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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