Stargazing 2017: Full 'Pink Moon' to Illuminate the Skies on April 11

Pink Moon 2017: What is it and will the moon actually change colour?

Pink Moon 2017: Watch April Full Moon rise in night sky and find out why it's 'pink'

The pink Moon will reach its fullest phase on 11 April 2017 at 2:08 am EDT - that's 7:08 am United Kingdom time.

While the moon this month, which reaches peak fullness Tuesday, won't really have a rose-colored hue, it is called the pink moon because of the pink flowers of the wild ground phlox that bloom this time of year in many parts of the US, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

The April full moon sets the date for Easter.

Just like the Blue Moon, the deceptive name originates in Native American traditions of keeping time based on lunar phases.

Skygazers should be able to spot it from 7.08am (British Summer Time) when the moon is on the exact opposite side of the Earth as the sun. The star Spica will be visible below Jupiter and the full moon.

It will be the fourth full moon on the 2017 lunar calendar and the first full moon of spring in the northern hemisphere.

The Pink Moon owes its name to pink flowers called wild ground phlox which bloom in springtime.

You'll be able to see Saturn, the ringed planet, high in the sky in the predawn hours of Sunday, April 16.

If you're looking at the full pink moon this week, you should notice Jupiter shining brightly above and to the right of the moon, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The moon will slowly move out of its full phase to its last quarter on April 19 and will fully disappear on April 26.

Other tribes gave it other names such as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, or the Fish Moon in further obvious references to Spring, fertility and nature.

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