Full Moon in April 2022: Pink Moon
On April 16, The Full Pink Moon will occur. Apart from the intriguing name, it’s just one of the most beautiful and easy to observe sky events. The nights are getting warmer in the Northern Hemisphere, so take your time walking under the Full Moon, but first, read our article to learn interesting and useful facts about it.
Is the Pink Moon actually pink?
Surely it is if you look at it through rose-colored glasses. In reality, though, this name was given to the April Full Moon by native Americans to represent the color of the wild ground phlox. The phlox is one of the earliest flowers blooming this month. No matter the color, walking under the Full Moon enjoying the first spring flowers is a wonderful experience!
By the way, the Moon does appear in a spectrum of colors in visual and metaphorical senses. Take our quiz to learn more about the colors of the Moon!
April Full Moon alternative names
This year, April’s Full Moon is also the Paschal Full Moon (which is the first Full Moon after the March equinox). The Christian holiday Easter occurs on the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon. In 2022, both events are especially close because Easter Sunday will fall on April 17 — the very next day after the Full Moon.
Here are other names attributed to the April Full Moon in different cultures:
- Chinese: Peony Moon
- Celtic: Growing Moon
- Wiccan: Seed Moon
- Cherokee: Flower Moon
- Southern Hemisphere: Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon
What time will the Pink Moon appear in April 2022?
This month, the Moon will reach its full phase on April 16, at 18:55 GMT (2:55 p.m. EDT). It will be shining at magnitude of -12.48 in the constellation Virgo. At this exact moment, it will be exactly 180 degrees opposite the Sun in celestial longitude.
How long does a Full Moon last?
Don’t worry if you miss the exact moment of the Full Moon. For the observer, it will look full for several days around April 16 and will be visible with good weather all night long.
When is the next Full Moon?
The next Full Moon will be on May 16; it’s commonly called the Flower Blood Moon. It will be a rare event when the Full Moon coincides with the total lunar eclipse, hence the prefix “blood”. You won’t miss the event with notifications from our stargazing app Sky Tonight. It’s an essential tool for amateur and professional stargazers who want to be up-to-date with astronomy news and be always able to easily locate any star, planet, constellation, or artificial satellite.
To find dates and names of all the Full Moons coming this year, check out our colorful Full Moon calendar for 2022. We wish you clear skies and successful observations!
Text Credit: Vito Technology, Inc.