April Is the Month of Falling Stars and a Pink Full Moon

April Observing Highlights: Falling Stars and a Pink Full Moon

Photo courtesy of K.L. Luhman (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass.); G. Schneider, E. Young, G. Rieke, A. Cotera, H. Chen, M. Rieke, R. Thompson (Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.), and NASA/ESA.

April is the month of falling stars, starting with the Lyrid meteor shower, which will peak around April 22 and 23. The Lyrids can produce up to 18 meteors an hour and they leave persistent trains, making them fun to track. A May meteor shower known as the Eta Aquarids will be getting started as early as April 19, so you may see both Lyrids and Eta Aquarids if you go out looking on the evening of Saturday, April 22.

April’s full moon is called a Pink Full Moon, not because it will look pink, but because this is the time of the year in the United States when many flowers are beginning to bloom. It takes place on April 11 for the eastern half of the country and on April 10 for the western half. For example, the moon will be fullest in California on April 10 at…

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