Full Pink Moon 2022

The full moon of April will rise tonight (April 16), amid Easter, Passover, Ramadan and spring celebrations around the world.

In the United States, one traditional Native American name for this full moon is the Pink Moon, according to the Farmer's Almanac and a NASA overview. 

April's Full Pink Moon will reach its peak at 2:55 p.m. EDT (1855 GMT) and is also known in the United States by other Native American names: the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon or the Fish Moon. 

While you can catch the moon with the naked eye, you will see more details (such as craters) in binoculars or a telescope.  

The April moon has several connotations in different cultures. For example, it is known as the Pesach or Passover Moon; Passover begins at sundown on Friday (April 15) and will end on April 23. 

Hindus will commemorate the birth of Lord Hanuman with this full moon, which corresponds with Hanuman Jayanti while Buddhists (especially those in Sri Lanka) will honor Bak Poya, the event during which Buddha visited Sri Lanka to settle a dispute.

For example, on April 23, the half-moon will be visible amid a collection of planets (Saturn, Mars, Venus and Jupiter), along the southeastern horizon early in the morning, according to NASA.  

The moon's position on the ecliptic often leads to pretty alignments with planets in the evening or morning sky, so keep an eye out here at Space.com for upcoming opportunities to spot the moon and nearby planets.