This photo was taken from the front yard of a friend of a friend’s home in Mineral Wells,Texas and it fascinated me and inspired me to ask “Why”. I love things that move me to investigate and learn. There is something quiet romantic about a pink moon. How beautiful I thought, I wondered what causes that color illusion. Blue moons are caused by dust and ash particles in the air perhaps something similar causes the pink color. I researched and googled and all I could come up with was the history you see below from the Farmers Almanac. There were mentions of Pink Floyd (whom I love) and Nick Drake who wrote song lyrics for Pink Moon (use the link to hear it) a few business names and nothing else. What do I tell my grand kids when they ask “Grandma why is the moon pink”. I don’t want to just shrug my shoulders and look clueless. I’m the cool grandma with all the answers and I want a logical and scientific answer to this question, not the folklore you see below. So to all you astronomers I am asking “Why is the moon pink”.
A Full PINK Moon
April is known for its showers and ever-warming temperatures, but it is also known as a month when spring flowers begin to show up. Herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. As the name infers, the flowers are pink in color, thus the name for April’s full moon.
This pink moon has also been called: the full sprouting grass moon, the egg moon, and among coastal tribes, the full fish moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
In 2009, the full pink moon is also the full paschal moon which helps set the date for Easter. Easter is determined as being the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal (spring) equinox.