'Pink Moon' to light up the night sky; is it really pink?

Why Isn't The Pink Moon Pink?

Get out and look up for a full moon. A moon so full it will look pink! 

Okay, we're joking about that part, the moon won't really be pink, but that's what you'll hear people calling it, and there's a reason for that.

According to Space.com, it is named after pink flowers called wild ground phlox, which bloom in early spring and become widespread throughout the U.S. and Canada this time of year. In fact, the April full moon is the first full moon of spring in the Northern Hemisphere (it's the first fall season full moon in the Southern Hemisphere).

Early Tuesday morning is considered the best time, as the moon will be reaching its fullest phase, but you'll need to be up late or early, depending on your schedule. The peak time is around 2:08 a.m. EST. 

However, Space.com said that for the casual observer, the moon will be full everywhere from April 10 to April 12.

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