‘Pink moon’ peaks early Tuesday morning

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Most of us have heard of a blue moon, but did you know April’s full moon is also known as a color?

Full moons occur when the sun, moon and Earth line up. In most years, there’s only one full moon per month, but sometimes there is a second full moon in a month, known as a blue moon. April’s full moon is called the “pink moon.”

It will rise on Tuesday, April 11, and will also be the first full moon of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The April full moon peaks at 2:08 a.m. Tuesday morning.

It’s also known as the “sprouting grass moon,” “egg moon” and “fish moon.” Those names were used by the early Colonial Americans who learned the names from the local Native Americans.

Moon names by month

  • January: Wolf Moon
  • February: Snow Moon
  • March: Worm Moon
  • April: Pink Moon
  • May: Flower Moon
  • June: Strawberry Moon
  • July: Buck Moon
  • August: Sturgeon Moon
  • September: Corn Moon
  • October: Hunter’s Moon
  • November: Beaver Moon
  • December: Cold Moon

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s