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Friday's 'Pink Moon' won't be pink

Posted April 18, 2019 11:20 a.m. EDT

February's full moon will brighten the skies as the biggest supermoon of the year. (NASA)

— The Pink Moon will rise Friday night, but it won’t be pink in color.

The full moon that rises in April is called the Pink Moon, similar to how the Harvest Moon is the first full moon of fall.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Pink Moon got its name from the pink phlox flowers, some of the first to bloom in spring.

Other names for April’s full moon are the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon.

Like the Pink Moon, a Blue Moon isn’t actually blue. It’s the name for the second full moon of a month, which sometimes doesn’t happen for years.

When the moon is rising, it can appear orange in color because of pollution in the atmosphere.

The moon rises in the east. WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said it will likely be too cloudy to see it Friday night because of the intense storm system moving through the Triangle.