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A pink moon? Not quite

Photo of the full moon snapped the night of April 10th by Shannon Dearinger in Fairfield, Ohio. Photo of the full moon snapped the night of April 10th by Shannon Dearinger in Fairfield, Ohio.
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Full moons are always a pretty sight, but some get misleading names. Tuesday’s full moon is one of those.

Known as the Pink Moon, the full moon for the month of April does not appear pink. It looks like any other full moon.
 
So where does the nickname come from? It goes back to the Algonquin Indians who kept track of time by following the moon cycle. They would give each full moon a nickname based on what was occurring in nature at the time of that moon.
 
For April, moss pink or wild ground phlox often sprouts around this time. One of the first flowers to sprout in the eastern U.S., its bright pink color makes it particularly distinctive. Because these pink flowers were around during the time of the full moon, it got the nickname Pink Moon.
 
The April full moon also goes by the nicknames Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, and Fish Moon. With even more spring blooms occurring, the May full moon is nicknamed the Flower Moon.

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