It’s time to recharge your crystals and get out your sage because there’s yet another astrological phenomenon looming in your future. No, we aren’t talking about Mercury in retrograde. Turns out, the beginning of spring marks the arrival of the April pink moon. And while we love looking at the stars for answers to our overarching problems, there’s a bunch of other things you can expect from this cosmic sensation happening April 19.
First off, what the heck is the pink moon?
While it may sound like a trendy new album, a pink moon is actually just a full moon that happens in the spring. We know full moons have a bad rep usually linked with bizarre behaviors, increased crime rates and strange coincidences, but this moon’s backstory is much less threatening.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the pink moon is named after the wild ground phlox or pink moss—spring’s earliest flowers to bloom. Despite what the name suggests, you might not see the moon illuminate a bright rosy hue this Friday. Depending on your location and the amount of pollution in the area, the moon may appear yellow, orange or even red. Not what we were expecting, but still cool nonetheless.
How can you see this stellar pink moon?
The moon will reach its peak fullness at around 7:12 a.m. (EDT) on Friday, April 19, but if you want to see it more clearly, you can catch a glimpse of it on the night of April 18. This is because the moon will almost be at its peak and appear a little brighter against the night sky. You can even use this Moon Phase Calendar to customize your location and see what will be the best times for you to try and see it.
We’ll take our (full) pink moon with a (full) glass of pink wine, please.