Pink Moon April 2024: Full Moon Rises Soon- When And Where You Can See The Celestial Event

The Full Moon in April is often called the Pink Moon, which will occur on April 23 this year. But did you know that it’s also called a Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon, the Pesach or Passover Moon, the Hanuman Jayanti Festival Moon, and more? Keep reading to discover these names from different cultures.

Pink Moon In April 2024

Pink Moon In April 2024

The Pink Moon, the second full moon of spring, is a captivating celestial event despite its misleading name—it doesn't actually appear pink. This year, it will grace the skies from Tuesday to Thursday, coinciding with the start of Passover, earning it the alternate name Passover Moon.

When to See the April Full Moon


The full moon will reach its peak on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:49 p.m. EDT which means people in India can see the full pink moon today, April 23 at 3.20 AM IST which will end on April 24 at 5.20 AM IST. However, it will appear full to the naked eye for about three days, from Monday morning to Thursday morning, as noted by NASA.

Origin of the Pink Moon Name


Throughout history, people, including Native Americans, have named full moons based on natural cues, with each full moon having its unique name. The Maine Farmers' Almanac started publishing Native American names for full moons in the 1930s, which are now widely recognized.

The April full moon is called the Pink Moon after the moss pink, or creeping phlox, which is one of the first widespread flowers of spring in the eastern United States.

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Does the Pink Moon Really Look Pink?


While the name suggests a pink hue, the Pink Moon appears its usual bright self. Native Americans named it after the wild ground phlox, which blooms in April. Regardless of its colour, basking under the Full Moon amidst the first spring blossoms is always magical!

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Significance of the Pink Moon in the Hebrew Calendar


According to NASA's official website, "This is the Pesach or Passover Moon. In the Hebrew calendar, this full Moon is in the middle of Nisan, with Pesach or Passover beginning on the 15th day of Nisan."

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Significance of the Pink Moon as per the Hindu Calendar


NASA's official website quotes, "There are a number of variations of the Hindu lunisolar calendar, but for most regions, this full Moon corresponds with the Hanuman Jayanti festival, the celebration of the birth of Lord Hanuman."

"For Buddhists, especially in Sri Lanka, this full Moon is Bak Poya, commemorating when the Buddha visited Sri Lanka and settled a dispute between chiefs, avoiding a war."

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Next Celestial Event: Meteor Showers

Meteor Showers

NASA reports, "This year, the Aquariids (031 ETA) meteor shower is predicted to peak on the afternoon of May 5, 2024 (when we can't see them from the Washington, DC area). If you are in the tropics or the southern hemisphere, the predicted peak rate (under the best possible conditions) is about 50 visible meteors per hour (called zenithal hourly rate or ZHR)."

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