Full Moon for April 2016

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Celebrate the Full Moon of April—also called the Pink Moon. Enjoy the facts, folklore, and more!

Pink Moon Show

Enjoy our show below about April’s Full Moon. Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and Bob Berman, Almanac astronomer, partner with Slooh to look through their mighty telescope—it’s the same as if you’re looking through the lens, too! We’ll explore the meaning of the Pink Moon and take a look at the smallest Full Moon of the year, as the Earth and Moon move to their furthest points from each other—a “mini” Pink Moon, if you will. (And, no, it is NOT really colored pink!) Watch the show below.

April Full Moon Names

April’s Full Moon, the Full Pink Moon, heralds the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.

These names were not invented by The Old Farmer’s Almanac. They were used by early Colonial Americans—who learned the names from the local Native Americans; time was not recorded by using the months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Many tribes kept track of time by observing the seasons and lunar months, although there was much variability. The name itself usually described some activity that occurred during that time in their location.

See the full year of Full Moon names and their meanings.

Moon Phases for April 2016

All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.

New Moon: April 7, 7:24 A.M.

First Quarter: April 13, 11:59 P.M.

 
 
 

Full Moon: April 22, 1:24 A.M.

 

Last Quarter: April 29, 11:29 P.M.

All dates and times in above chart are ET. See our Moon Phase Calender for your city/state.
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

April Best Days 2016

Below are the Best Days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in April.

    For Planting:

    • Aboveground crops: 12, 13
    • Belowground crops: 4, 5, 23

    For Setting Eggs:

    • 1, 19, 20, 28-30

    For Fishing:

    • 7-22

    See Best Days for more activities.

    Full Pink Moon Video

    Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some interesting and insightful Moon facts. Click below to watch the video.

    April Moon Facts and Folklore

    A full Moon in April brings frost. If the full Moon rises pale, expect rain.

    • On April 20, 1972, the lunar module of Apollo XVI landed on the moon with astronauts John Young and Charles Duke aboard. Thomas Mattingly remained in orbit around the moon aboard the command module. 
    • One day later, on April 21, 1972, Apollo XVI astronauts John Young and Charles Duke drove an electric car on the surface of the moon. It’s still up there along with some expensive tools and some film that they forgot.
    • The period from the Full Moon through the last quarter of the Moon is the best time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops.

    Share your thoughts about this month’s Moon below!

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    A correction

    Apollo 16 was the 5th mission to land on the moon, not the 3rd. It would have been the 6th, but there waos a little problem with Apollo 13 that prevented them from landing. The electric car driven on the moon was not called the LEM. It was called a lunar rover. It was first used on Apollo 15. The LEM ( later shortened to LM) was the spacecraft which the astronauts piloted from lunar orbit to the surface and then back to lunar orbit to rendezvous with the command module.

    Did NASA nuke the moon? I

    Did NASA nuke the moon? I heard this and am deeply disturbed.

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    thank u for your information..cant wait for pink moon!!!! pls follow up with emails for new lunar info.the moon is a beautiful being that needs more attention..personaly speaking :)

    Full Pink Moon

    This is really cool ,My birthday is on 4/22 , I thought it was cool that it was on a full moon and earth day but a pink moon too ,that's just crazy . Hope it's a good day , thanks for the information.

    I love this article. I have

    I love this article. I have heard people talking about the pink moon so I decided to research it myself

    in the pink . . .

    An original composition…Now that is over the Moon!!

    Thank you, Jeffrey!

    Awesome ! Love the

    Awesome ! Love the information

    The moon was blood red where

    The moon was blood red where I'm located!!! It was beautiful!!!

    The moon looked orange and

    The moon looked orange and very eerie over the ocean in saco but it was beautiful!

    Thank You for always offering

    Thank You for always offering excellent Moon Information! I would love to see more about "Old Stories" and Folklore! I too was raised with a Respect for the Moon and that our Universe is FULL of still yet Unknown, yet sometimes predictable Phenomena!
    ~PET~ TC

    Interesting! Happy Easter to

    Interesting! Happy Easter to everyone!

    LOL I have heard it all

    LOL I have heard it all now....

    Will we see other day/year of

    Will we see other day/year of pink moon beside tonight. Is that once a lifetime chance? Will be there more pink moon in near future? Please help, if you know answer and a website confirms it.

    "Pink Moon" is a name for the

    "Pink Moon" is a name for the full Moon around the time of April, when the moss pink, or wild ground phlox, is in blossom. The name was used by the Algonquin tribe, as well as by colonial Americans. So every year, a traditional name for the full Moon in April is the Full Pink Moon. It has other names, such as Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, Fish Moon, Wildcat Moon, Deep Water Moon, Boiling Down of Sap Moon, and several more. If you'd like to explore Moon names further, you might check out online sources or books that cover Native American/First Nations timekeeping systems, as well as Moon folklore.

    A pink moon. It was a

    A pink moon.

    It was a forbidden love from long ago. Still whispering softly after years and years. It won't stop until it winds around again, dangerously entangling two lives separate. Her heart skips a beat, hasn't done this since years long gone past. What is this!?! She suddenly can't stop the fluttering, she smiles, remembering innocent tender embraces. His plump rosy childish lips. Hers. So similar they were bound by the laws of the universe to meet again, no amount of time or distance could keep them apart. Secret lovers, unbearably passionate that no one but they alone will ever understand. And she waits. Because she knows the power of this and the inevitable. She waits with a hidden smile of joy in her heart. Waiting for his words that will cover her body. They only need a quick glance, to know that yes! This does exist! A forbidden love that can only be allowed to entwine once in a pink full moon. To spare the heartbreak it would cost to others, and knowing that only this way would it ever feel like this any way, to meet more than once in a pink moon would destroy the pureness of this, thing. To remain hidden, known only to the two of them. But this passion makes them to better love the one who awaits at home. The rock at home that each needs to hang on to because to let their wild hearts go recklessly would break them forever. Break the rocks and these star-crossed lovers. Only once when a pink moon comes about, and the universe is forced to unite two hearts again in their strange entangled lives.

    Thanks for your poem, it was

    Thanks for your poem, it was beautiful. I've been there and got my heart broken. But I'm still glad I've been there!

    may I just say .My mum once

    may I just say .My mum once said there actually WAS a blue moon it was due to atmospherics or some thing (wasn't the drink they didn't drink) It s got to have been in the early 50s as theyd been to the pictures when they were courting they married in 1954 ..

    is the pink moon really pink

    is the pink moon really pink or white

    The Moon is the same color as

    The Moon is the same color as always (white). April's Full Moon is traditionally called the Full Pink Moon because of the seasonal appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers!

    A literal blue moon occurred

    A literal blue moon occurred in 1883, and was due to the massive explosion of the volcano Krakatoa in Indonesia. The volcano spewed so much dust and ash into the atmosphere that the moon appeared to be blue for the next 2 years or so. Other smaller eruptions have created shorter-lasting blue moons (such as Mount St. Helens in 1980 or Mount Pinatubo in 1991). There was also one which occurred in September of 1950, due to several very large wildfires in Alberta. This is likely to be the one Heather Bentley said her mother told her about. I myself remember seeing at least one blue moon when I lived in Los Angeles between 1988 and 1991, simply due to the level of smog in the atmosphere.

    The term "blue moon" is also used to describe the 13th full moon which occurs within a single calendar year. This happens once every 2 or 3 years, and is simply the result of the lunar cycle being 28.5 days (or 342 days in a full 12-moon cycle), while the Earth's cycle is roughly 365.25 days. Normally this produces 12 full moons, 1 per month, but if a full moon occurs within the first few days of the year, there will be a 13th full moon in the last few days of the same year.

    I am sorry, but unless you

    I am sorry, but unless you can change into a werewolf in front of me like they show on TV how they change there, you will not get me to believe that they are real and nether are you, Thank you.

    Really? Nobody is trying to

    Really? Nobody is trying to convince YOU of anything. The almanac is one of the most accurate of resources in the world AND has been around for decades. Have a little respect.

    If you would read what I

    If you would read what I stated, you would see that I was not talking about the Farmers Almanac. Read what people are talking about next time. Thank you.

    So you were talking about

    So you were talking about werewolves then?

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    YOU ARE VERY WISE. I AM IMPRESSED.

    Leslie, If you check around

    Leslie,
    If you check around you will confirm that the information provided by The Old Farmer`s Almanac is scientifically confirmed. The moon always had influence in the growth of plants, on the tides, even in humans.

    I have used this system to

    I have used this system to make money out of the share market, It is funny that some of the cycles for plants actually line up with buying and selling triggers on the share market if you want to make money.
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    no a "blue moon" is not blue

    no a "blue moon" is not blue and actually the phenomenon doesn't really exist. the "blue moon" THEORY is that two FULL MOONS occur in a "month". the FACT is that the MONTH is more correctly DETERMINED BY the moon cycles and the gregorian calendar months are are completely arbitrary and most are named after pagan deities. a FULL MOON ONLY happens ONCE in a MOON CYCLE but the reality is that rather than a full moon occurring twice in a gregorian calendar "month" it's actually the other way around and a gregorian calendar "month" SOMETIMES OVERLAPS two full moons. but all other "months" overlap two of SOME OTHER moon phase such as the conjunction or the TRUE "NEW" moon which is the first visible crescent after the conjunction or it may contain two first quarter phases or two last quarter phases. the point is that the "blue moon" THEORY is not based in reality but reality is shifted in the minds of people to fit the alleged blue moon theory.

    There have in fact been a

    There have in fact been a number of literal "blue moons", most of them due to major volcanic eruptions (St. Helens in 1980, Pinatubo in 1991, or the massive explosion of Krakatoa in 1883 which caused the moon to appear blue for 2 years). At least one was caused by large wildfires in Canada in 1950, and I recall seeing at least one when I lived in Los Angeles from 1988 to 1991 (due to atmospheric pollution).

    The phrase is used to describe 2 full moons within a single calendar month, as well as 13 full moons within a single calendar year (Gregorian calendar, of course). There will be no "annual" blue moons this year, but there will be a "monthly" one, on July 31st. By the way, only 5 of the months take their names from pagan deities: January, February, March, May, and June. July and August come from Julius and Augustus Caesar, and the last 4 months come from their positions in the calendar of Romulus: Sept = 7, Oct = 8, Nov = 9, and Dec = 10.

    The Gregorian calendar actually solves a number of problems that crept up over thousands of years using a pure lunar cycle calendar. The biggest issue is the length of the year. For a pure lunar calendar, 12 lunar cycles (29.5 days per cycle) comes to 354.37 days. But based on years of accurate astronomical observations, it was discovered that Earth's year was actually closer to 365.25 days. Thus, a lunar year is almost 11 days shorter than our actual trip around the Sun, and over 33.6 years a lunar calendar will gain an entire year (which is why most lunar calendars add a 13th month every 2 or 3 years, corresponding with the "blue moon").

    Depending on the origin point, the Gregorian calendar is off by 1 day every 3,300 years, or 1 day every 7,700 years. By comparison, the Julian calendar is off by 1 day every 128 years, and the average lunar calendar is off by 1 day every 33.6 DAYS!

    Yup .Just like blue moons are

    Yup .Just like blue moons are blue lmao

    you're right, a "blue moon"

    you're right, a "blue moon" is not blue and actually the phenomenon doesn't really exist. the "blue moon" THEORY is that two FULL MOONS occur in a "month". the FACT is that the MONTH is more correctly DETERMINED BY the moon cycles and the gregorian calendar months are of a completely arbitrary calendar instituted by the pope gregory (XIII ???) of the pagan church of rome aka the catholic church and most of which are named after pagan deities. a FULL MOON ONLY happens ONCE in a MOON CYCLE but the reality is that rather than a full moon occurring twice in a gregorian calendar "month" it's actually the other way around and a gregorian calendar "month" SOMETIMES OVERLAPS two full moons. however, all other "months" overlap two of SOME OTHER moon phase such as the conjunction or the TRUE "NEW" moon which is the first visible crescent after the conjunction or it may contain two first quarter phases or two last quarter phases. the point is that the "blue moon" THEORY is not based in reality but reality is shifted in the minds of people to fit the alleged blue moon theory.

    So then it just drpends on

    So then it just drpends on the calendar that the indevidual
    Follows correct ?

    Never mind i see what you

    Never mind i see what you mean and im pretty sure you actually right !

    Finally a site that I can

    Finally a site that I can use!

    Will the moon actually be

    Will the moon actually be PINK?

    The Moon is not going to be

    The Moon is not going to be pink. April's full Moon is called the Pink Moon as it references the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox, one of the first spring flowers.
    See www.almanac.com/content/full-m... for more information about full Moon names.

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    this is an awesome information as it's really detailed. thanks.

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    sure...i don't suppose you'd provide proof with that claim would you?

    By Leslie Winter I am

    By Leslie Winter

    I am sorry, but unless you can change into a werewolf in front of me like they show on TV how they change there, you will not get me to believe that they are real and nether are you, Thank you.

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    Now you done got Blade stirred up in me lol... and blade is a bad dude.

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    Doing a good job

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