April Full Moon, the Pink Moon, falls on April 13, 2025

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The Full Moon in April (known as the Pink Moon) will take place in the constellation Virgo on Tuesday, April 13. The brightest dot near the Moon will be Spica, the most prominent star in Virgo. Download the free astronomy app Sky Tonight to easily find out the constellation of the Full Moon and identify celestial bodies near the Moon. Read on, and you'll learn the meaning of the Pink Moon, its other names, and all the facts you need to know about the April Full Moon!


When is the Full Moon in April 2025?

This month, the Moon will reach its full phase on April 13 at 00:22 GMT (April 12, 8:22 p.m. EDT). At this moment, it will be exactly 180 degrees opposite the Sun in celestial longitude.

In astronomy, the Full Moon is the exact moment in time, but to observers on the Earth, the Moon looks full for about a day before and after that moment. You can see the bright, round lunar disk in the east in the evening, right above you at midnight, and in the west just before sunrise.

April Full Moon’s constellation

In 2025, as in most years, the April Full Moon will occur in the constellation Virgo, near its brightest star, Spica.

Occasionally, the April Full Moon may be in Libra, but this only happens when the full phase falls right at the end of April. The next time this will happen will be in 2037.

Spica, the bright star near the Full Moon

With a visual magnitude of 1.0, Spica is the 16th brightest star in the night sky. However, finding it near the luminous Full Moon (visual magnitude -12.3) can be challenging, especially in areas with significant light pollution. One tip is to hide the Moon behind a building or a tree — this makes it easier to see nearby stars.

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To confirm you're looking at Spica, you can use the Sky Tonight app. It will help you identify celestial objects effortlessly.

You can catch this celestial duo in the sky from dusk till dawn, with their highest point around midnight.

Is the Pink Moon actually pink?

Surely it is if you look at it through rose-colored glasses. In reality, though, this name was given to the April Full Moon by native Americans to represent the color of the wild ground phlox. The phlox is one of the earliest flowers to bloom this month. No matter the color, walking under the Full Moon and enjoying the first spring flowers is a wonderful experience!

By the way, the Moon does appear in a spectrum of colors in visual and metaphorical senses. Take our quiz to learn more about the colors of the Moon!

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April Full Moon alternative names

Here are some examples of what the April Full Moon is called in different cultures:

  • Chinese: Peony Moon
  • Celtic: Growing Moon
  • Wiccan: Seed Moon
  • Cherokee: Flower Moon
  • Southern Hemisphere: Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon

What is the bright dot next to the Moon tonight?

During its full phase on April 13, the Moon will be close to Spica (mag 1.0), the brightest star in the constellation Virgo.

Three days later, on April 16, it will come very close to Antares (mag 1.1), the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius. Observers from South Africa, Namibia and Botswana will have a chance to see the lunar occultation of Antares — the Moon will pass in front of this bright star, completely hiding it from view.

If you want to learn about other bright objects visible near the Moon, read our dedicated article.

April Moon phases 2025

All times are given in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). See our lunar calendar for dates and times specific to your location.

  • First Quarter Moon: April 5, 02:15 GMT (April 4, 10:15 p.m. EDT)
  • Full Moon: April 13, 00:22 GMT (April 12, 8:22 p.m. EDT)
  • Last Quarter Moon: April 21, 01:35 GMT (April 20, 9:35 p.m. EDT)
  • New Moon: April 27, 19:31 GMT (3:31 p.m. EDT)

When is the next Full Moon?

The next Full Moon will occur on May 13, 2025, at 13:53 GMT. It is traditionally called the Flower Moon. If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming Full Moons and the origins of their names, read our article.

When is the next Pink Moon?

The Pink Moon is the Full Moon that occurs in April, so the next Pink Moon after April 13, 2025, will take place next year — on April 2, 2026, at 00:22 GMT.

Pink Moon 2025: Key takeaways

The Full Pink Moon in 2025 will take place on April 13 at 00:22 GMT (April 12, 8:22 p.m. EDT). It got its name after a pink wildflower (Phlox subulata) that blooms this month. Although the Moon won’t turn pink, it’s still worth looking at, especially as the evenings get warmer in the Northern Hemisphere. Observers in the Southern Hemisphere, where the April Full Moon goes by other names, also shouldn’t miss it. To find the dates of all the Full Moons coming this year, check out our colorful Full Moon calendar for 2025. Also, use the Sky Tonight app to find out when the Full Moon will rise in your location. We wish you clear skies and successful observations!