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Is There a 'Full Pink Moon' on April 15, 2014?


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Full Pink Moon - April 15 2014

Netlore Archive: Social media postings make much of a "Full Pink Moon" coinciding with a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014. "Share the experience."

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Analysis: According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, "Full Pink Moon" is indeed one of the traditional Native American names for a full moon that occurs in April. Lest there be any confusion, however, the nickname does not refer to a full moon that is literally pink in color. It was inspired, the almanac says, by the springtime bloom of the moss pink flower (Phlox subulata), commonly found in the central and eastern United States.

Coincidentally, a total lunar eclipse will also occur during the full moon of April 15, 2014, which means that for some observers it will actually take on a dull red or rusty hue as the earth's shadow passes across the moon's face (which is why a total lunar eclipse is sometimes referred to as a "Blood Moon"). So, while we wouldn't normally expect a "Pink Moon" to look different from any other full moon, color-wise, this year's occurrence promises to deliver a special treat for the eye — not exactly a bright pink glow, mind you, but almost!

The April 15 full moon is also the "Paschal Full Moon" of 2014, defined in Christian tradition as the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon.

Sources and further reading:

Pink Moon: April Full Moon Phases
Old Farmer's Almanac, 2014

Native American Full Moon Names
Old Farmer's Almanac, 2014

American Indian Moons
Western Washington University Planetarium

Total Eclipse of the Moon: April 15, 2014
MrEclipse.com, 17 March 2014

What Is the Paschal Full Moon?
About.com: Christianity

Watch the Moon Turn Red
About.com: Space & Astronomy, 11 April 2014

What Is a Blood Moon?
EarthSky, 30 March 2014

Lunar Folklore - Myths & Legends of the Moon
About.com: Paganism / Wicca

Last updated 04/11/14

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