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Astronomers will look to the skies today, hoping to catch a glimpse of the yearly ‘pink moon’ (stock photo)
Astronomers will look to the skies today, hoping to catch a glimpse of the yearly ‘pink moon’ (stock photo)

By Jamie Harris

Astronomers will look to the skies today, hoping to catch a glimpse of the yearly 'pink moon' - the full moon for April.

Despite its name, there is no actual colour change in the appearance of the moon.

The phrase is a Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower that starts to pop up in the US and Canada at the start of spring.

Like any full moon, skygazers should be able to see the moon in all its glory, fully illuminated by the sun.

According to the Royal Museums Greenwich, the full moon will reach its peak a little after noon, at 12.12pm, though it will not be easy to see until dusk.

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 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'. It takes place on May 18.

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