On Sunday, April 29, the full moon will be a special one. Apparently, it will shine in the sky as the so-called "pink moon."
The pink moon has graced the skies before, but just like its counterparts blue, orange, and yellow, it still raises the question if the moon is really turning the color pink or if it is just in our imagination.
What Is The Pink Full Moon?
A full moon is a lunar phase when the moon appears fully illuminated from Earth's perspective. There have been many myths and legends that correlate with the full moon, incuding insomnia, insanity, and the ever-popular folklore of lycanthropy, which is when a human is believed to transform into a werewolf.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, a full moon in April is also known as a "pink" moon due to the Northern Native Americans associating it with the blossoming of the wild ground phlox that are also pink.
The April full moon has other nicknames: egg moon, full sprouting grass moon, and full fish moon. The egg moon is associated with animal mating that takes place during the spring. The full fish moon is linked to when the fish spawn in the spring. Finally, the full sprouting grass moon is such because of the vegetation and grass that sprout in spring.
Will It Actually Turn Pink?
The highly-anticipated phenomenon could be a different color due to the weather and other factors that cause the moon to change its tint when it rises over the horizon.
Last year's "pink" full moon was on April 11. Previous footage has shown the moon turning pink as it rose over the Atlantic Ocean, then orange, and finally yellow as it made its place among the stars.
Some people have already begun sharing their excitment to witness the phenomenon on social media.
" Full Pink Moon" make a wish tomorrow Mermaid Dream BikiniYes Please #mermaid#pinkmoon #dream #sea #bikini #boutique #surf#oceanA post shared by Pinkybeach (@pinkybeachbikinis) on Apr 28, 2018 at 9:08am PDT
No, you are not a dreamer, Pink moon is on its way and its going to rise this month. "Someday the world will live as one". https://t.co/xsVLaIgAYh pic.twitter.com/WpZcue8OFP — ria_si (@2018Ria) April 26, 2018
The best time to catch the pink moon's rising will be around 7:30-7:45 p.m. EST for those who reside on the East Coast within the tri-state area. It could fall on the night of April 30 or the early morning of May 1, depending on where observers are located.
The next pink moon is set to appear on April 19, 2019.