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.

Full Pink Moon over mountains

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.

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      is the pink moon really pink

      is the pink moon really pink or white

      The Moon is the same color as

      The Editors's picture

      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.

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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 ?

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

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      Will the moon actually be PINK?

      The Moon is not going to be

      The Editors's picture

      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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