Special springtime 'pink moon' rises this Friday

Super Moon seen from Japan, Photo Date: 9/9/2014 / halfrain / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 / (MGN)
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(WDBJ7) — The full moon of April, called the "pink moon," will reach its peak fullness on Friday morning at 7:12 a.m. (EDT).

The pink moon will rise at about 7 p.m. and set around 5:40 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory.

The Old Farmer's Almanac says the pink moon is a sign of the appearance of the "moss pink,' or wild ground phlox: one of the early spring flowers.

According to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the next lunar event will occur July 16-17 where skywatchers in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia will be able to see a partial lunar eclipse.