Full Pink Moon this week up in the sky
(WHSV) - It’s already that point of the year! We’re already having our fourth full moon of 2023. Time goes fast!
FULL PINK MOON
On Wednesday night, our fourth full moon of the year will occur. April’s full moon is most commonly known as the Full Pink Moon, named after forest wildflowers that bloom in April. This moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, named after grass that returns for the spring and the Fish Moon as fish begin to move into more waters. Some places have also called this moon the Maple Sap Boiling Moon or the Sucker Moon as this represents a time to learn cleansing and healing ways. The Goose Moon is another name for the geese that return in the spring.
Easter is celebrated on the Sunday after the first full moon following the March equinox, which is why Easter this year is on April 9th.
Thursday, April 6th, at 12:34 am is when the Moon is technically full, so catch it Wednesday night or before sunrise Thursday morning. This full moon could be difficult to see however, as plenty of cloud cover is expected Wednesday night. You may be better off seeing the almost full moon Tuesday evening.
This week, we will gain another 17 minutes of daylight. By April 10th, we will have exactly 13 hours of daylight and exactly 11 hours of nighttime. This will be the first time since September 1st of last year that we see 13 hours or more of daylight. Sunrises will move from 6:57 am to 6:47 am while sunsets will move from 7:40 pm to 7:47 pm.
Daily Sunrise/Sunset Times this week:
|Apr 3||6:57 am||7:40 pm||12 hrs, 43 mins|
|Apr 4||6:56 am||7:41 pm||12 hrs, 45 mins|
|Apr 5||6:54 am||7:42 pm||12 hrs, 48 mins|
|Apr 6||6:53 am||7:43 pm||12 hrs, 50 mins|
|Apr 7||6:51 am||7:44 pm||12 hrs, 53 min|
|Apr 8||6:50 am||7:45 pm||12 hrs, 55 mins|
|Apr 9||6:48 am||7:46 pm||12 hrs, 58 mins|
ISS VIEWING (MOST VIEWABLE)
|Date & Time||Visible||Max Height||Appears||Disappears|
|Mon Apr 3, 9:38 pm||2 min||12°||10° above WSW||11° above SW|
|Tue Apr 4, 8:49 pm||5 min||21°||10° above W||10° above S|
NEXT MOON PHASES
|Moon Phases||Date and Time|
|Full Moon||April 6th, 12:34 am|
|Third Quarter Moon||April 13th, 5:11 am|
|New Moon||April 20th, 12:12 am|
|First Quarter Moon||April 27th, 5:19 pm|
CURRENT PLANET VIEWING OPPORTUNITIES
Venus: In the western sky at sunset, sets around 11 pm in the northwest
Mars: In the southwestern sky at sunset, visible most of the night, sets in the northwest around 2:15 am
Jupiter: Very low in the western sky at sunset, very difficult to view, sets in the west around 8 pm
Saturn: Not in the sky at sunset, limited viewing, rises in the sky before 5:30 am in the eastern sky
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