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Full Pink Moon Update – April 21, 2016, 10:23 p.m. PDT

April 21, 2016
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Here’s another update from SMBAS Blog on that large, disc-like, shining object which has frequently and mysteriously appeared in our nighttime sky this year (known to many as the moon).

Full Pink Moon (etc.cmu.edu)

Full Pink Moon (etc.cmu.edu)

April 21, 10:23 p.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.

The moon’s arrives at it’s 2016 perigee — its closest point to Earth — on April 7, 10:37 a.m., when only 357,163 km away. The monthly apogee – farthest distance – of 406,350 km, is on April 21, 9:06 a.m., 13 hours before the full moon, and is almost the largest apogee for the year. So this will be a relatively small full moon.

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.  [Infographic: Moon Phases & Lunar Cycles]

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a page for each full moon. Set your eggs on the 1st, 19th, 20th, 28-30th. Plant aboveground on 12th & 13th, belowground on 4th, 5th & 23rd. Now you know, so you have no excuse.

The next significant full moon will occur on May 21, 2:14 p.m. PDT.   Keep an eye on this spot for additional late-breaking news on this unprecedented event.

This information comes to you courtesy of: http://www.space.com/24262-weird-full-moon-names-2014-explained.html 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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