Pink Moon will be joined by a 'planet parade' this weekend

Pink Moon will be joined by a 'planet parade' this weekend ...

The whole moon will not be the only spectacle in the dark sky this weekend.

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

According to NASA's, the string of planets will be visible as morning twilight begins on Saturday at 5:30 a.m. EDT. Saturn will be followed by Mars, Venus, and Jupiter, both above the eastern horizon. You'll likely be able to see all four planets with the naked eye, but you'll 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 following 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 every 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."

At the bottom of the page, you may find more NASA skywatching tips.


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