‘Pink’ Moon lights up night sky in stunning display but looks distinctly orange
The 'Pink' Moon has lit up the night sky around the world tonight – despite looking distinctly orange.
The full Moon for April was particularly luminous thanks to its location in relation to the Sun, but despite the catchy name a pink Moon isn't actually pink.
The term is a Northern Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower, which starts to pop up in the US and Canada at the beginning of spring.
It’s also known as the Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Growing Moon or Full Fish Moon.
According to the Royal Museums Greenwich, the full Moon was set to reach its peak little after noon, at 12.12pm, though it would not be easy to see until dusk.
It occurs when the Moon is located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun, meaning its face is fully illuminated.
Stunning photos taken around the globe show the Moon looking striking, with some showing it appearing bright yellow and others a rich orange colour.
The Pink Moon is particularly significant because it is used to set the date for Easter, which is the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox.
In some other cultures, the Pink Moon is known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.
The next full moon is referred to as the Flower Moon, which takes place on May 18.
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