Did you see the full “Pink Moon?”
The first full Moon of spring 2022 in the northern hemisphere also marked the middle of Ramadan 2022, and occurred the day before Easter 2022—both lunar festivals—yet its celestial significance goes much deeper than that.
Best seen as dusk on Saturday, April 16, 2022, the “Pink Moon” was pictured around the world draped in muted orange and yellow light as it appeared on the eastern horizon.
The date of the full “Pink Moon” meant the Passover began the evening before on Friday, April 15, 2022.
It always begins on the evening preceding the first full Moon after equinox, which this year was on March 20.
Similarly, the “Pink Moon” also determines the date of Easter, which always happens on the first Sunday following the first full Moon after equinox. This year that’s today, Sunday, April 17, 2022.
So you could called April’s full Moon the “Paschal Pink Moon,” paschal meaning relating to Easter and the Jewish Passover.
The “Pink Moon” is so-called because of the appearance in spring of wild ground phlox.
It’s a name linked to Native American tribes, but so are the lesser-used names “Sprouting Grass Moon,” “Growing Moon,” “Fish Moon” and “Hare Moon.” In the UK April’s full Moon is called the “Egg Moon.”
In exactly two weeks the Moon will pass across the Sun to cause the first solar eclipse of 2022.
A maximum of 54% of the Sun will be obscured by the Moon during a special “sunset eclipse” as seen from parts of Antarctica and western South America just before sunset on Saturday, April 30, 2022.
The next full Moon is the full “Flower Moon,” which will occur on Monday, May 16, 2022.
It will also be a “Blood Moon” total lunar eclipse. On Sunday, May 15 and into Monday, 16, 2022 the full “Flower Moon” will turn a spectacular reddish color for 84 minutes and best viewed in North and South America.
Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes.