Full Moon for April 2021

Spot the Super Pink Moon

March 11, 2021
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April’s full Moon rises on the night of Monday, April 26. Traditionally called the Pink Moon, this full Moon will also be a spectacular supermoon! Here’s everything you should know about the Moon this month, including facts, folklore, and Moon phase dates.

When to See the Full Moon in April 2021

Venture outside on the night of Monday, April 26, to catch a glimpse of April’s full Pink Moon. This full Moon—which is the first of two supermoons this year—will be visible after sunset and reach peak illumination at 11:33 P.M. EDT.

For the best view of this lovely spring Moon, find an open area and watch as the Moon rises just above the horizon, at which point it will appear its biggest and take on a golden hue! (Find local Moon rise and set times here.)

Super Pink Moon: The First Supermoon of the Year

(Note: Before you get your hopes up, this “Super Pink Moon” won’t actually look “super pink”—or any hue of pink, really. The Moon will be its usual golden color near the horizon and fade to a bright white as it glides overhead!)

This year, we’ll be treated to two supermoons, with the first occurring on April 26 and the second on May 26. Supermoons are said to be bigger and brighter than your average full Moon.

Just how big and how bright, exactly? On average, supermoons are about 7% bigger and about 15% brighter than a typical full Moon. However, unless you were to see a regular full Moon and a supermoon side by side in the sky, the difference is very, very difficult to notice! Learn more about supermoons here.

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Why Is It Called the Pink Moon?

The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not only to the full Moon.

The Pink Moon

Although we wish this name had to do with the color of the Moon, the reality is not quite as mystical or awe-inspiring. In truth, April’s full Moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata—commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox—which also went by the name “moss pink.” 

Thanks to this seasonal association, this full Moon came to be called the “Pink” Moon!

Phlox
Pink moss phlox, or “moss pink,” lends its nickname to the April Moon.

Alternative April Moon Names

In April Moon names, references to spring abound! Breaking Ice Moon (Algonquin) and Moon When the Streams Are Again Navigable (Dakota) reference the melting ice and increased mobility of the early spring season, while Budding Moon of Plants and Shrubs (Tlingit) and Moon of the Red Grass Appearing (Oglala) speak to the plant growth that will soon kick into high gear.

Other names refer to the reappearance of certain animals, including Moon When the Ducks Come Back (Lakota), Moon When the Geese Lay Eggs (Dakota), and Frog Moon (Cree). Along the same vein, Sucker Moon (Anishinaabe) notes the time to harvest sucker fish, which return to streams or lake shallows to spawn. According to legend, now is the time when this fish comes back from the spirit world to purify bodies of water and the creatures living in them. (This name may also be applied to the February Moon, to honor the sacrifice of the sucker fish in order to feed the Anishinaabe peoples, traditionally helping them to survive the winter.)

► See all 12 months of full Moon names and meanings.

Moon Phases for April 2021

All dates and times are EDT. See our Moon Phase Calendar to customize times to your location.

April Moon Phase Dates and Times

Last Quarter: April 4, 6:04 A.M. EDT
New Moon: April 11, 10:32 P.M. EDT
First Quarter: April 20, 3:00 A.M. EDT
Full Moon: April 26, 11:33 P.M. EDT

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.
  • According to folklore, 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. Read more about Gardening by the Moon.

April Best Days 2021

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

    For Planting:

    • Aboveground crops: 18, 19
    • Belowground crops: 8, 9

    For Setting Eggs:

    • 5, 24, 25

    For Fishing:

    • 11–26

    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.

      Share your thoughts about this month’s Moon below!

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      La Luna

      The moon is a big tortilla

      Pink moon

      It was said that the light of this moon is not really pink, it was beautiful glowing bright so I decided to snap some pics and in four or five of them the are where the light is passing through does appear to be pink, and no filters whatsoever were used.... Is the pink perhaps something our eyes cannot pick up? Quite peculiar

      Pink Moon

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      Hi Brian, Good question.  The amount of pinkness depends more on whether the Moon is near the horizon. In this case, you’ll see more pink/red wavelengths. And if there is ash in the atmosphere, the Moon can go an even deeper shade of pink or orange than normal. So there’s your answer; the Moon’s true color is grey, but appears to us in whatever color the Earth’s atmosphere makes it appear!

      Moon Fan

      I took some great pictures last night .. I was worried we would have cloudy weather on the 7th, so I just had to grab as many as I could for now .. but still looking forward to see if I can get any on this given night.
      Great site ! Thank you ;-)

      moon phase for better chickens

      my first time reading this
      the article is very informative thank you

      Fan of the mooooon

      Boy oh boy am I ready for this one!
      First things first, I am very excited about this moon. This moon is one of my favorites. Mainly just the moon itself, but also this phase of the moon. Boy I love full moons.
      However, I am curious as to why this has been deemed the pink moon and -not- the egg moon. Who picks the name? Who owns the moon? No one. Should we even be naming the moon? We have no right. No right!
      The moon is the moon and that’s all there is to it.
      I appreciate your support in the moon but I have to say that this is breaching on the moon’s autonomy. But also I would rather it be called the egg moon.
      Excited for it!

      Hannah nooooo!

      As a true fan of this moon, I thought you would be more "egg-cited" for it.

      Full Pink Moon

      My phlox started blooming yesterday!

      Our patience will achieve

      Our patience will achieve more than our force.

      Full Moons

      Maybe it's me, but the full moons have been huge! Just beautiful.

      Pink Full Moon

      Thank you moon, for a lovely Birthday present!

      The Pink Moon?

      I can see the full moon clearly from my back yard, and it looks like a regular full moon, except I see a halo at the bottom of it. Is it the moon or my eyes? But....it's not pink.

      halo

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      Hi Mary,
      In spite of the name, April’s full Moon will not appear pink (unless perhaps due to particles in the atmosphere, such as ash). The name instead refers to pink flowers that bloom at this time of year. The partial halo that you noticed might be due to ice particles in high clouds (cirrus) in the atmosphere. Moonlight may refract/reflect when hitting the crystals, causing a halo. Weather lore says if you see a halo around the Moon, it often indicates that it will rain soon.

      Pink moon

      Looks pink right now. 4.10.17 @ 10:19pm est

      info

      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 . . .

      The Editors's picture

      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

      The Editors's picture

      "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 ..

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