The 'Pink Full Moon' rises this Friday

The name is derived from one of the first flowers to bloom in spring known as the Wild Ground Phlox

The name is derived from one of the first flowers to bloom in spring known as the Wild Ground Phlox

Stargazers are in for a treat this week, as a "pink moon" is expected to illuminate the sky.

While the moon won't be pink it will still be a wraith site to see. It may be a yellowish color, or a brighter golden-orange once it nears the horizon.

The Old Farmer's Almanac says the "Full Pink Moon" is a sign of the appearance of the "moss pink, ' or wild ground phlox - one of the early spring flowers".

But don't expect a pink moon on Friday when you look up the sky, because "Pink Moon" is only a nickname.

"Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States", NASA writes of the moon on its website.

Will you be gazing at the Pink Moon this Friday?

Whatever intentions you set on a new moon always develops throughout the course of the waxing moon phase, until your desires blossom completely on the full moon.

Sadly, no. The moon will not take on a pink color, but will rather appear like any other full moon. The full moon occurs roughly every month.

The next full moon will rise on May 18. This weekend's moon isn't just going to look good for many belief systems around the world, the "pink" moon also has cultural significance.

"Some coastal American Indian tribes have also referred to it as the Full Fish moon, since it marks a time when shad swim upstream to spawn".

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