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Pink Moon set to illuminate the skies Friday

Pink Moon set to illuminate the skies Friday

Astronomers will look to the skies this Good Friday, hoping to catch a glimpse of the annual Pink Moon - the full moon for April.

Based on state weather bureau PAGASA's astronomical diary, the full moon will be seen at 7:12 in the evening. The April Full Moon will begin shortly after midday, and while the name says "Pink moon", the moon won't appear literally pink.

The first full moon of April is commonly known as the pink moon.

The next full moon will be called "Flower Moon" on May 18.

Although the name suggests the moon will appear a certain color, that is not true.

Reportedly, the region will get to experience what's known as a "pink moon" tonight and early Friday morning.

The phenomenon is named after wild ground phlox, is one of the first flowers which bloom in spring.

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They also recommend taking a look the night before, Thursday, because the moon will be nearing its peak while illuminated against the dark sky. So the moon will nearly be a supermoon. Picture: Getty Why is it called a "Pink Moon"?

But a mini heatwave isn't the only thing Mother Nature is blessing us with, as a fancy Pink Super Moon is also on the horizon.

While the moon won't be pink it will still be a wraith site to see. This year's pink moon coincides just a few days before the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower.

Kings Park, Matilda Bay and Rottnest Island are good places to take in the rising moon and to take nightscape photos, though cloud cover may hinder the view.

"The Moon turns full in front of the constellation Virgo the Maiden at 11.12pm UTC on April 19". Other names include the "Hare Moon", the "Corn Planting Moon" the "Milk Moon", and the "Mother's Moon".

This year, a Full Moon fell just four hours after the March 20 equinox, and as a result, Easter was pushed back to the end of April.