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Friday, April 4, 2014

The 'pink moon' isn't going to be pink April 15, but the lunar eclipse will be real

Two bits of full-moon news:

The full moon in mid-April was called the "pink moon" by some members of the Algonquin Indian nation, which covered all New England before Europeans arrived - but as Snopes reports, that's not because the moon turns pink. It's because this full moon roughly coincides with the flowing of creeping phlox, which has a pink flower and is a harbinger of New England spring.

But the pink moon WILL be weirdly colored this year, because April 15 will see a full lunar eclipse, and it will be visible here, weather permitting.

to its coinciding with the first appearance of the moss pink flowering plant (Phlox subulata, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox, wild ground phlox, or mountain phlox), a harbinger of Spring
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/science/astronomy/pinkmoon.asp#uxuWAxoGhKVlWBH5.99
due to its coinciding with the first appearance of the moss pink flowering plant (Phlox subulata, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox, wild ground phlox, or mountain phlox), a harbinger of Spring
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/science/astronomy/pinkmoon.asp#uxuWAxoGhKVlWBH5.99</</