When is the Pink Moon in April 2017 and what is the meaning of its name?

Keep your eyes peeled at the skies of Liverpool tonight as there will be a rare full moon showing its face.

On the night of Tuesday, April 11, the pink moon be fully visible but don’t be fooled by the name.

The Pink Moon isn’t actually coloured at all – the moon’s name comes from the pink flowers that spring around this time of year.

It’s name actually derives from the Native American practice of giving titles to full moons.

 

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The moon won’t actually look pink

The reference comes from the moss pink herb, or wild ground phlox flower, which is widespread by spring.

But the moon isn’t just referred to as a pink moon, it is sometimes called a Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon or the Full Fish Moon.

It will look its most impressive when the skies are darkest in the middle of the night.

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