Unlike the last two years, this April’s pink moon will not be a supermoon. However, it still comes with its own folklore. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “A full moon in April brings frost. If the full moon rises pale, expect rain.”
“There’s definitely a chance of rain or frost this weekend. There’s also a chance of none of the parts,” CNN meteorologist Judson Jones said. “But in some areas of the Midwest, people will see some below-average morning temperatures this weekend, which may make them wish for a pale moon.”
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Lunar and solar eclipses
Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun, but only blocks some of its light. Be sure to wear proper sunglasses to safely see solar eclipses, as sunlight can be harmful to the eye.
A partial solar eclipse on April 30 can be seen by those in southern South America, the southeastern Pacific and the Antarctic Peninsula. Another on October 25 will be visible to those in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northeastern Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, India and western China. None of the partial solar eclipses will be visible from North America.
As the full moon moves into the shadow of the earth, it becomes darker, but it does not disappear. Sunlight that passes through the Earth’s atmosphere illuminates the moon in a dramatic way, making it red – which is why this is often referred to as a “blood moon.”
Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it may be rusty, brick-colored or blood-red.
This happens because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted when sunlight passes through our atmosphere and casts it onto the moon.
A total lunar eclipse will be visible to those in Europe, Africa, South America and North America (except those in northwestern areas) between 6 p.m. 21.31 ET on May 15 and at. 02.52 ET on 16 May.
Another total lunar eclipse will also be exhibited for those in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America on November 8 between 6 p.m. 3:01 ET and 8:58 ET – but the moon will set for them in eastern regions of North America.
• Lyrids: April 21-22
Take Eta Aquariids: May 4th to 5th
• Southern Delta Aquariids: July 29-30
• Alpha Capricorn: July 30-31
• Perseids: August 11-12
• Orionids: October 20-21
• Southern Taurids: November 4th to 5th
• Northern Taurids: November 11-12
• Leonids: November 17-18
• Geminids: December 13-14
• Clock pages: 21 to 22 December
If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place that is not filled with city lights to get the best views.
Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or rug so you can look straight up. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes – without looking at your phone or other electronics – to adjust to the darkness, making the meteors easier to spot.