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Full Pink Moon Update for April 15, 2014, 12:42 AM PDT

April 14, 2014

Here’s another update from SMBAS Blog on that large, disc-shaped, shining object which has frequently and mysteriously appeared in our nighttime sky this year (known to many as the moon).

Our Moon (T. Hinnebusch 2/14/14)

The Moon as seen from Earth (T. Hinnebusch 2/14/14)

April 15, 12:42 a.m. PDT — Full Pink Moon.   The grass pink or wild ground phlox is one of the earliest widespread flowers of spring.  Other names were the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and —among coastal tribes —the Full Fish Moon, when the shad come upstream to spawn. In 2014 this is also the Paschal Full Moon; the first full moon of the spring season.

The first Sunday following the Paschal Moon is Easter Sunday, which indeed will be observed five days later on Sunday, April 20. This full moon will also undergo a total lunar eclipse  for which we have a ringside seat, as it occurs in the early morning hours. Totality will last almost 78 minutes. [Photos of a Total Lunar Eclipse]  The next lunar eclipse will be 8 October, 2014.

The next significant full moon will occur on May 14, 12:16 p.m. PDT.   Keep an eye on this spot for late-breaking news on this unprecedented event.

Have a nice moon photo?  Send it to us at: misclists [AT] verizon [DOT] net, along with name to credit and time/location of photo.

This information comes to you courtesy of:
written by Joe Rao.   Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmer’s Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, N.Y.

But that’s waaay too long to type in, and besides, you don’t need to go there because SMBAS has done the work for you!
[Chuck Almdale]

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