Monday, April 17, 2017

The Pink Moon - The Truth

Unless you've been hiding under a rock you've likely heard of "The Pink Moon" sometime this month.  Similar to a Blue Moon or a Blood Moon, there are many misconceptions around this Pink Moon.  To be clear, a Pink Moon is simply the first full moon in the month of April.  It's called a Pink Moon to coincide with the blooming of a flower called the moss pink.  That's it.  It has NOTHING to do with the color of the full moon.

Now, it is possible to see an orangish colored full moon if you are observing the full moon just as it rises above the horizon.  This is an atmospheric effect in which reddish/orangish light is refracted (bent) by the atmosphere.  But you won't see a pink moon.  If you find yourself seeing a pink moon, ask yourself if it is possible you recently consumed something causing you to hallucinate.  :-)

April Full Moon 2017: 'Pink Moon' to Light Up Night Sky

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