A full moon that is pink, especially in the spring! How delightful and appropriate to say the least, a time when the earth is in rebirth of the beautiful flowers and grasses that cover the lands. The full moon that appears in April is called the Pink Moon. This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring.
The Pink Moon of April is sometimes referred to by names associated with other signs of full spring. In other cultures, this full moon is sometimes call the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.No matter what name you would give this beautiful Pink Moon, it has got to be one of the pretties spring sky sights for us to gaze upon.
Full moon names can date back to Native Americans, living in what is now the northern and eastern United States.American Indian tribes a few hundred years ago kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon, therefore each name of the full moon would go with each new month. There were some variations in the moon names,but in general, the same ones were used among the Algonquin tribes from New England on west to Lake Superior. Similarily, the European settlers as well would follow their own traditions and name each new moon according to their customs. Since the lunar month is roughly 29.5 days in length on average, the dates of the full moon shift from year to year.
Full Pink Moon, April 4, 8:06 a.m. EDT (1206 GMT) —The wild ground phlox is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this moon were the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and — among coastal tribes — the Full Fish Moon, when the shad came upstream to spawn. This month will also feature a total lunar eclipse, which is set to occur early in the morning with the duration of totality lasting less than 5 minutes. Across the eastern half of the United States, the moon will appear to set while it is progressing into the Earth’s dark shadow.
“From Minnesota south to Louisiana, the moon will set during the very short total phase, while for much of the western United States the moon will be exiting the umbra when it sets. This is also the Paschal Full Moon — the first full moon of the spring season. The first Sunday following the Paschal Moon is Easter Sunday, which indeed will be observed the very next day on Sunday, April 5.”
This year has started off wonderful from the Full Wolf Moon in January and will continue to bring us some amazing night skies. We still have the Strawberry Full Moon, Full Buck Moon, Blue Full Moon, Sturgeon Full Moon, Hunters Full Moon, Full Beaver Moon and Full Cold Moon. Thank you to American Native Ancestors for giving us such creative and colorful names to the moons that we love gazing at during the nights of every season of the year.
( Via www.examiner.com )