April pink moon 2022: what it is, when and how to see it

Month after month, the earth satellite crosses the sky in its four phases and at least once during this period the so-called Full Moon occurs. In April of this year, she received the name Luna Rosa due to a particular phenomenon.


When will the pink moon of 2022 be?

The Earth and/or the Moon are in constant motion, revolving around the Sun and on themselves. But in this cosmic dance, there comes a time when the Earth stands between the Moon and the Sun, allowing the sun’s rays to fully reach the visible lunar face on the night side of our planet. It is for this reason that we can see the face of the Moon completely illuminated in its so-called Full Moon phase.

The Pink Moon of 2022 will occur next Saturday, April 16, when from Earth’s perspective our satellite can be seen as a perfectly lit circle. On this occasion, an additional phenomenon will occur, the moon can be observed larger than normal, thanks to the fact that its perigee will be reached.

How and at what time to see the Pink Moon?

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As ocurre siempre con los astros, el satélite natural will rise por el este exactamente a las 18:57 GMT-6, momento en que será visible mucho plus grande que de costumbre gracias al perigeo que es cuando se acerca a su point más próximo a Earth.

From there, it will lose its size by moving along the ecliptic, that is to say towards the west of our celestial vault. But despite the fact that the first moments when it will appear on the horizon will be when it can be seen in its maximum splendour, we can also see it glowing as it passes through the ecliptic.

To observe it, simply look east at a place where the horizon is fully visible and look there at the indicated time to see how the natural satellite appears around the curvature of the Earth.

Why is it called Pink Moon?

Although from the name it seems that we will be able to observe a satellite painted in pink tones, the reality is that this moon receives its name thanks to other reasons that do not precisely have to do with its appearance.

Most full moons are named directly by Native American tribes, who lived in perfect harmony with Mother Nature. Thanks to this, they knew when certain natural phenomena occurred that indicated that it was time to start planting or harvesting the last crop of the year.

The rose moon specifically gets its name from the fact that April was when the moss rose bloomed, which is one of the first flowers to reappear after the arrival of spring.



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