On Saturday, the moon will be in its full phases. This means that the shield of our natural moon will be admired in all its glory. The full moon in April is called the pink moon.

The peak full moon will occur on Saturday, April 16 at 8:57 PM. In order to be able to admire this astronomical phenomenon as much as possible, we should look at our natural satellite far from cities, preferably in dark rural areas. When this is impossible, choose a place in the city that is not badly lit by street lamps.

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Pink full moon. Where did the name come from?

The name of the full moon of April does not refer to the color of the moon’s disk, because it does not change color. The name comes from the color of the phlox flowers that begin their flowering period in North America this month. The original origin of the names given to each full moon dates back to the Native Americans.

Other names for April fullness are Sprouting Grass Full, Egg Full, and Fish Full.

phases of the moonNASA/Bill Dunford

Full Moon – How does this phenomenon happen?

The full moon is one of the four phases of the moon. It occurs when our natural moon is opposed to the sun, that is, on the opposite side of the earth to the sun. During a full moon, the lunar disk is fully visible because it is fully illuminated by sunlight. At the same time, the other side is not lit at all. What is a full moon? On average, the full moon occurs every 29.5 days.

The influence of the Moon on the Earth is mainly shown in the form of tides. It is the regular rise and fall of the water level in the seas and oceans. This phenomenon is clearly visible in the oceans. In the Baltic Sea it is almost imperceptible.

moonPAP / Adam Zimenovic

Main image source: NASA Science Visualization Studio

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