Full Moon April 2019 Is A Pink Moon

The Full Moon on Thursday, April 18, 2019, is known as a Pink Moon and Easter Moon.

The April 2019 Pink Moon will begin with a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean off the U.S. east coast around 7:12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time with a slight time variation depending on the viewer’s exact location.

The Moon will be 99.7% full tonight before setting the following morning at 7:13 a.m.

Why is a Full Moon in April called a Pink Moon?

A Full Moon in April is also called a Pink Moon because Colonial Americans learned that name from Native Americans who associated the April Full Moon with the blooming of pink flowers in early Spring named wild ground phlox, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

Other names for April’s Full Moon are also associated with Springtime: Full Sprouting Grass Moon (sprouting vegetation in Spring), Egg Moon (animal mating in Spring), and Full Fish Moon (when fish spawn in spring).

What causes a Pink Moon?

The time of year that a Full Moon happens does not affect its color. The Full Moon on April 18, 2019 will likely be pearly-gray to most locations on Earth just like any other Full Moon.

But particles in the local atmosphere caused by weather, brush fires, volcanoes, and pollution can filter out certain light colors of the moon.

This is especially true when the moon rises or sets near the horizon and the sunlight reflecting from the moon has more atmosphere to travel through before reaching the viewer on Earth.

Full Moons have appeared pink, yellow, red, blue, green, and (most often) orange.

Below is a video of an April Full Moon that really was pink when it first appeared over the Atlantic Ocean horizon. The Moon then changed from pink to orange (and later yellow) as it rose higher in the sky.

Easter Moon and The Paschal Moon

The first full moon of Spring is usually called an “Easter Moon” and “The Paschal Moon.”

This full moon is considered an Easter Moon because Christian church has set the First Day of Spring on the fixed date of March 21 while the Equinox and astronomical First Day of Spring can vary from March 19 through March 21.