The Pink Moon is one of astronomy’s biggest misnomers. Tonight’s full moon (11 April) will be spectacular, but it won’t be pink.
The first full moon of spring was named by Native Americans after ground phlox, pink flowers that bloom across the US at this time of year.
But stargazers are still in for a treat, with the full moon lighting up the night sky and Jupiter shining especially brightly.
The gas giant recently made its closest pass with Earth in more than a year and is still dazzling stargazers from its position in front of the Virgo constellation.
Tonight’s Pink Moon represents the beginning of Easter in Christianity, the Jewish Passover and Hanuman Jayanti in Hinduism.
The moon is set to be brightest in the UK at 8pm BST. Here’s hoping for a clear view.
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