A Pink Moon Will Appear in the Sky This Saturday

Grab your binoculars and get ready to catch this out-of-this-world phenomenon that happens every year.

Cherry blossom tree branches in front of a blue sky and full moon
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As you know, April showers bring May flowers, but April also offers a lesser known natural delight each year: A Pink Moon. Although stunning, this phenomenon is not actually pink. It is simply a full moon that gets its name from the flower herb moss pink, which blooms on the East Coast in the United States each spring. According to Live Science, 2022's Pink Moon will pop up on Saturday, April 16.

This year's Pink Moon will shine brightest in the sky at 2:55 p.m. EDT on Saturday. If you don't get a chance to peer outside during this time, don't worry. The out-of-this-world sight will appear in full form over the course of three days, starting on Friday, April 15 through Monday, April 18. It will be "a full moon weekend," Gordon Johnston, a program executive in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., wrote in a NASA statement.

Full moons occur nearly every month (when the sun, Earth, and moon are in perfect 180-degree alignment). Lunar eclipses are also the result of a full moon, as sometimes during this phenomenon some or all of Earth's shadow covers the moon. You can catch one of these occurrences next month. From May 15 to 16 this year, a total lunar eclipse will make the moon appear red from the sun's light around Earth, which fittingly earns it a "blood moon" moniker.

If you love catching each and every one of these sights, you'll have more opportunities this summer. Catch two supermoons in mid-June and mid-July: A full Super Strawberry Moon (14 percent brighter than a typical full moon) on June 14 and a Super Buck Moon (7 percent brighter than the usual full moon). Five planets (Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn) will come in perfect alignment on June 17, too. "Mercury will be farthest to the east and lower, Venus will be really bright and up above it and to the right, Mars will be orange to the southeast, Jupiter will be to the upper right, and then Saturn will be to Jupiter's upper right, a little bit toward the south," Michelle Nichols, director of public observing at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, said.

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