April Full Moon 2024: Pink Moon

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On April 23, the Full Pink Moon will occur. Apart from the intriguing name, it’s just one of the most beautiful and easy-to-observe sky events. The nights are getting warmer in the Northern Hemisphere, so take your time walking under the Full Moon, but first, read our article to learn interesting and useful facts about it.


When is the Full Moon in April 2024?

This month, the Moon will reach its full phase on April 23 at 23:49 GMT (7:49 p.m. EDT). Our natural satellite will be positioned in the constellation Virgo. At this moment, it will be exactly 180 degrees opposite the Sun in celestial longitude.

April Moon phases 2024

  • Last Quarter Moon: April 2, 03:15 GMT (April 1, 11:15 p.m. EDT)
  • New Moon: April 8, 18:21 GMT (2:21 p.m. EDT)
  • First Quarter Moon: April 15, 19:13 GMT (3:13 EDT)
  • Full Moon: April 23, 23:49 GMT (7:49 EDT)

What is the bright dot next to the Moon tonight?

During its full phase on April 23, the Moon will be close to Spica (mag 1.0), the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. Three days later, on April 26, it will come very close to Antares (mag 1.1), the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius. Observers from western Asia and north-eastern Africa 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.

How long does a Full Moon last?

Don’t worry if you miss the exact moment of the Full Moon. For the observer, it will look full for several days around April 23 and will be visible with good weather all night long. The Moon tab in the Sky Tonight calendar allows you to see what the Moon will look like in your sky in advance. Along with the Moon’s age, phase, and illumination, this tab shows the position of the shadow on the Moon as seen from your chosen location. Our natural satellite’s size there also changes in accordance with the apparent size of the “real” Moon in the sky. You can find a similar Moon phase calendar on our website.

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

When is the next Full Moon?

The next Full Moon will occur on May 23, 2024, at 13:53 GMT (9:53 a.m. EDT). 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 23, 2024, will take place next year — on April 13, 2025, at 00:22 GMT (April 12, 2025, 8:22 p.m. EDT).

Pink Moon 2024: Key takeaways

The Full Pink Moon in 2024 will take place on April 23 at 23:49 GMT (7:49 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 and names of all the Full Moons coming this year, check out our colorful Full Moon calendar for 2024. 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!

Full Moons in 2024
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