Heads up to all stargazers and constellation lovers; there will be a “pink moon” this month, and you can see it this week.
Looking up at the night sky and seeing the stars twinkle is one of the fascinating things in life that heightens the appreciation for nature. This month is exceptional as amateur astronomers await the coming of the “pink moon.”
Although it’s called the “pink moon,” sadly, it’s not actually pink, but that won’t matter when you see the lunar beauty. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the moon is likely to be apparent on April 19, before dawn.
The Almanac says it will reach its peak form at 7:12 a.m. (EDT) and onlookers should be anticipating it on the night of the 18th, to see the “pink moon” in contrast with the night sky during its “near-peak fullness.”
It’s best to have a telescope or binoculars to zoom in on the magnificent sight during the night, despite it looking like a regular moon.
The “pink moon” was named after one of the earliest widespread North American flowers, “moss pink” or “wild ground phlox,” which also blossoms at the same time of the moon’s appearance - early spring. It is also called “egg moon,” “fish moon,” and “sprouting grass moon,” among others.
Thanks to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, people will have a forward-looking Good Friday watching the night sky. The reference book has been a source of astronomical data, weather forecasts, planting charts, and different articles since 1792.
Late last year, the weather forecast as told in the book was said to be ‘colder-than-normal’ contrary to the prediction on the news. The editor of the Almanac’s website, Peter Geiger, noted that “time-tested, long-range formula” was used to predict the cold snow-filled weather.
“We start talking about the snows in the latter part of November,” Geiger said.
The prediction pointed numerous snowstorms at the end of November and several storms for March.