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Pink Moon 2017: Spring Celestial Event Lights Up Night Sky This Week

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Pink Moon. April's full moon, also known as a 'Pink Moon,' sets just before dawn above the towers of the Second Severn Crossing between England and Wales over the Bristol Channel. (Press Association via AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017 06:10 AM

The "Pink Moon" that will blaze in the night sky this week isn't actually pink. 

Rather, the name of the celestial event that takes place every spring pays homage to the pink wildflowers or “moss pink” flowers that appear every April.

Instead of looking up to the sky this week and seeing a pink moon, what you’ll see is simply a “big, bright full moon,” which marks the first full moon of the spring season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

It was actally Native Americans that gave this moon its name many years ago. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Native American tribes kept track of each season by following a calendar that was based on different moon cycles.

If you’re on the East Coast and you missed this year’s Pink Moon while it was at its peak early Tuesday morning, you can catch it again at 8:02 p.m. Tuesday night, according to Space.com.

For those on the West Coast who want to get a glimpse of the Pink Moon, you should have your eyes or telescopes set on the sky at 11:08 p.m. Tuesday night.

However, if you happen to miss the moon late Tuesday, make sure you’re outside to get a good look at it Wednesday night, or you’ll have to wait until next year.

The Pink Moon news comes after Jupiter appeared opposite to where the sun was setting over the weekend, according to Universe Today.

This is known as “Jupiter in opposition" — when the giant planet and the sun are positioned on opposite sides of the Earth, according to NASA’s website.

This occurs every 13 months, with the next time of opposition set for May 9, 2018.

“In 2017, Jupiter comes closest to Earth one day after its opposition date, on April 8th, coming to within 414 million miles of Earth,” said Kel Elkins, a science visualizer with NASA.

Stargazers on Twitter applauded the Pink Moon:

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