The 'planet parade' will take place on Pink Moon this weekend

The 'planet parade' will take place on Pink Moon this weekend ...

The entire moon will not be the only sight in the dark sky this weekend.

According to NASA, April's full moon, known as the Pink Moon, will reach its highest level on Saturday the 16th at 2:55 p.m. EDT. But in the pre-dawn hours of that same day, four of the five visible planets will appear in a line above the east-southeastern horizon, stringing together in a phrase called a.

As morning twilight begins on Saturday at 5:30 a.m. EDT, the following planets will be Saturn to the upper right above the southeastern horizon, followed by Mars, Venus, and Jupiter, which is then placed above the eastern horizon. However, youll likely be able to see all four planets with the naked eye, but you need clear skies and an unobstructed horizon.

On April 23, the waning moon will join the string of planets in the early morning sky, and in the ensuing days will shift along the line, appearing near the planet Saturn on April 25, Mars on April 26, and Venus and Jupiter on April 27.

According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, which in the 1930s began publishing Native American names for each month's moon cycle, the April full moon is known as the "Pink Moon" because it often coincides with the early springtime blossoming of creeping phlox, an eastern North American wildflower also known as "moss pink."

Find out more NASA skywatching tips here.


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