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Stargazers will be treated to a full Pink moon on Good Friday

How to see the ‘Pink Moon’: Once-a-year phenomenon will occur on Good Friday as the moon is fully illuminated by the sun (but no, it won’t actually change colour)

  • The full pink moon is expected to occur on Good Friday at 12:12 BST (07.12 EST)
  • Despite having the name, the moon will not actually appear as the colour pink
  • Its name is derived from a flower that blooms at the same time in Spring annually
  • According to old wives tales, the full moon can influence labour, sparking some speculation that it might affect when the Duchess of Sussex’s baby will be born

Stargazers around the world will be treated to a stunning astronomical display of a full Pink Moon on Good Friday.

The April full moon will be the fourth full moon of 2019 after millions around the very rare events like the Super blood wolf moon in January. 

Despite its name, the Pink Moon won’t actually be that colour but instead derives the name because it coincides with the blooming of a pink wildflower.

The name comes from the Herb moss pink phlox, or ‘wild ground’ phlox, which blooms in early spring in the US and Canada.

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Stargazers around the world will be treated to a stunning astronomical display of a full Pink Moon on Good Friday. April's full moon, also known as a 'Pink Moon', over the Bristol Channel last year

Stargazers around the world will be treated to a stunning astronomical display of a full Pink Moon on Good Friday. April’s full moon, also known as a ‘Pink Moon’, over the Bristol Channel last year

The timing of the full moon's appearance depends on where the moon is in its orbit around the Earth; this is why the actual time of the full moon can be in daylight for certain locations

The timing of the full moon’s appearance depends on where the moon is in its orbit around the Earth; this is why the actual time of the full moon can be in daylight for certain locations

WHEN CAN YOU SEE THE PINK MOON?

According to the farmer’s Almanac, the reaches peak fullness will be at 12.12 BST. 

American commuters making their way to work would be able to catch the event as it reaches its peak at 7:12A.M EST. 

In China, it will occur in the evening time starting from approximately 4pm, calculated from China Standard Time. 

France, Italy and Spain will be able to catch it at around 13.00 (WET) and it will reach its peak in eastern Europe at around 14.00 (EET). 

According to the farmer’s Almanac, the reaches peak fullness will be at 12.12 BST. 

The timing of the full moon’s appearance depends on where the moon is in its orbit around the Earth; this is why the actual time of the full moon can be in daylight for certain locations. 

American commuters making their way to work would be able to catch the event as it reaches its peak at 7:12A.M EST.

For the best chance of seeing it, try to head to an area with little light pollution, so the moon will look particularly bright in the night sky. 

In China, it will occur in the evening time starting from approximately 4pm, calculated from China Standard Time. 

France, Italy and Spain will be able to catch it at around 13.00 (WET) and it will reach its peak in eastern Europe at around 14.00 (EET). 

 It occurs when the moon is located on the opposite side of the Earth as the sun, meaning its face is fully illuminated.

The April full moon will be the fourth full moon of 2019 after millions around the very rare events like the Super blood wolf moon in January. A full moon, known as a Pink Moon in the month of April, rising on the sea front at North Berwick in East Lothian in 2018

The April full moon will be the fourth full moon of 2019 after millions around the very rare events like the Super blood wolf moon in January. A full moon, known as a Pink Moon in the month of April, rising on the sea front at North Berwick in East Lothian in 2018

The name comes from the Herb moss pink phlox, or 'wild ground' phlox, which blooms in early spring in the US and Canada. It occurs when the moon is located on the opposite side of the Earth as the sun, meaning its face is fully illuminated

The name comes from the Herb moss pink phlox, or ‘wild ground’ phlox, which blooms in early spring in the US and Canada. It occurs when the moon is located on the opposite side of the Earth as the sun, meaning its face is fully illuminated

Despite its name, the Pink Moon won't actually be that colour but instead derives the name because it coincides with the blooming of a pink wildflower. A `Pink Moon´ seen through a cherry blossom tree in Dublin

Despite its name, the Pink Moon won’t actually be that colour but instead derives the name because it coincides with the blooming of a pink wildflower. A `Pink Moon´ seen through a cherry blossom tree in Dublin 

Many believe that labour can be induced by the lunar cycle and the start of a full moon. Meghan on one of her final public engagements ahead of the birth

Many believe that labour can be induced by the lunar cycle and the start of a full moon. Meghan on one of her final public engagements ahead of the birth

The pink moon has also been called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the full Fish Moon. 

According to an Old Wive’s Tale, many believe that labour can be induced by the lunar cycle and the start of a full moon. 

The full moon is believed to be closest to the Duchess of Sussex’s expected due date, said to be mid- April to early May.

The suggestion is that a full moon’s gravitational pull affects the amniotic fluid in the same way it affects the water in the sea and rivers, as well as influencing the levels of the hormone melatonin.

Maternity wards are said to be busier during a full moon, although in the medical world there are many who are sceptical about whether the moon encourages labour.

WHAT IS A FULL PINK MOON AND WHERE DOES IT GET ITS NAME?

The phenomenon, known as the ‘Pink Moon’, earns its name from the flowering of the brightly-coloured herb ‘moss pink,’ which typically coincides with its arrival. 

It’s also known as the Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Growing Moon or Full Fish Moon. 

The name comes from the Herb moss pink phlox, or ‘wild ground’ phlox, which blooms in early spring in the US and Canada.

 In the Northern Hemisphere, the April full moon lines up with the blooming of one of spring’s earliest-flowering plants – wild ground phlox, or ‘moss pink’. 

The phenomenon, known as the 'Pink Moon', earns its name from the flowering of the brightly-coloured herb 'moss pink'

The phenomenon, known as the ‘Pink Moon’, earns its name from the flowering of the brightly-coloured herb ‘moss pink’

The pink moon, which is also known as the grass moon and the egg moon, was given its moniker by Native Americans, who provided a name for each full moon to help them keep track of time. 

 Native Americans have a name for the full moon of every month in the calendar, including Wolf Moon for January, Snow Moon for February and Worm Moon for March – then Flower Moon in May.Strawberry Moon is for June, Buck Moon is for July and Sturgeon Moon is for August. 

In September, there is a Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon is in October, Beaver Moon is in November and Cold Moon is in December. 

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