Pink Moon to take place on Friday

NEWS Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Pink Moon to take place on Friday

April's full moon reaches 100% illumination tomorrow, Friday 19 April.  This is called a Pink Moon. The moon will not actually be coloured pink, the name is derived from one of the first flowers to bloom in spring: the Wild Ground Phlox. The flower turns a brilliant shade of pink and it has come to be associated with the April full moon.

The full moon phase starts at around 14:12 hours (Cyprus time). This is when the moon is technically exactly opposite the sun on the other side of Earth.

This does, unfortunately, happen 8 hours before the moon rises for the night.  Stargazers will not be able to see the April Pink Moon until after 19:05 hours.