The moon is an incredible celestial body that moves through phases of light and dark depending on its alignment with the earth and the sun and about every 29 days, we are presented with a beautiful full moon shining down on us.

A Moon of Many Names

Over the centuries, the moon has played an important part in civilizations and each full moon has come to be recognized for its significance. In October, for example, it is known as a Full Hunter's Moon because it was the full moon that would coincide with hunting and gathering food to store for the impending winter months.

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Howling at the Moon

January, for example, is known as the Full Wolf Moon because it is believed that is when it is easiest to overhear a wolf's howl. Each full moon has its own special name with its own special meaning.

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The Full Pink Moon

The same is true for April as well. In April, the full moon is known as the Full Pink Moon, named after the pink blooms of the spring flowers. There are other names for it, according to Time and Date, including Breaking Ice Moon, Budding Moon, Awakening Moon, and Egg Moon.

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AKA the Paschal Moon

Most significantly, however, is that the Pink Moon in April is also a Paschal Moon. Now, I know what you're thinking - why so many names?? Well, the name Paschal Moon actually ties into the celebration of Easter.

What Does a Paschal Moon Have to Do With Easter?

 

According to Almanac.com, the Paschal Moon is the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, the point in the year where the days start getting longer, and actually dictates which Sunday we celebrate Easter since it always falls on the first Sunday after the first full (Paschal) moon of spring.

So When Is All Of This Happening?

The Full Pink Moon takes place on Saturday, April 16, 2022. It will reach full illumination at 1:27 pm Central Standard Time and will be most easily visible once the sun begins to set. In Evansville, the moon will rise at 7:35 pm.  Easter will be observed the following day on Sunday, April 17, 2022.

Want to get away from the city light pollution to enjoy the full moon? Check out one of these Indiana State Parks:

State Parks Near the Tri-State You Have to Check Out

As the weather warms up, all I want to do is be outside. We've got several state parks around the Tri-State area, they'd be perfect for a day trip or a camping weekend!

Must See: Astrophotography Taken Over Southern Illinois Zinnia Field

See beautiful images of the night sky over a zinnia field located in Redelman Orchards located in Southern Illinois. The spectacular photos were captured by Illinois photographers Grant Twiss and John O'Connell.

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