April’s spectacular “Pink Moon” to rise this week

April’s spectacular “Pink Moon” to rise this week

The first full moon of this spring, famously called the “Pink Moon,” is set to rise later this week, astronomers have predicted. April’s Pink Moon is also known as the Egg Moon, Easter Moon and Sprouting Grass Moon. It is named after wild pink-color flowers, called wild ground phlox, because these flowers bloom and become widespread across the United States around this time of year.

EarthSky.org also reported that Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, will continue to be in the neighborhood of Spica – the brightest star in the Virgo constellation.

In a fresh post, the website reported, “This year, in 2017, the full moon celebrates the change of seasons by pairing up with the dazzling planet Jupiter … So even though the moon will leave Virgo after a few more days, Jupiter remains in the vicinity of Spica, Virgo’s brightest star, for months to come.”

The Pink Moon will reach its peak fullness, which takes place when the moon is on the precise opposite side of Earth from the Sun, at 2:08 a.m. ET on Tuesday. However, it will continue to attract stargazers everywhere until 12th of April.