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Full Moon Rises with Lunar Eclipse & Saturn Today

When the moon passes through Earth's shadow today (April 25), it will be at its biggest and brightest for the month and shine near Saturn, too.

In a cosmic coincidence, the April full moon coincides with the first lunar eclipse of 2013 today, which will be primarily visible from Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and Western Australia. But if you don't live in those locations, you can still watch the lunar eclipse live on SPACE.com beginning at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) today, courtesy of two free webcasts.

Today's partial lunar eclipse will begin at 2:04 p.m. EDT (1804 GMT) and will take about two hours to reach its period of maximum eclipse. The moon will be only partially obscured by the Earth's shadow for this eclipse, so will not be as impressive as a dazzling total lunar eclipse.(Source)

April’s full moon, which is set to rise tonight, is known as a pink moon. And this year it coincides with another lunar event. Here are four things to know about it:

Why is it called a pink moon?

The name can be traced back to North American aboriginal peoples, who referred to the full moon in April as a pink moon after a type of wildflower that blooms early in the year, helping to signify that spring has arrived.


April’s full moon goes by a number of other names in different cultures. Some coastal tribes refer to it as the fish moon because it coincided with the shad swimming upstream, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

The moon doesn’t actually appear pink in colour.

What’s different about this pink moon?

It coincides with the first lunar eclipse of the year, which will be visible for those living in Eastern Europe, Africa, central Asia and western Australia, NASA says. It’s a partial eclipse that will last about 27 minutes and will be at its fullest at 4:07 p.m. ET.


It won’t be visible from North America, the space agency says.

What’s the best way to view it?

For those who want to see the eclipse but aren’t located in the right place, the Slooh telescope will be streaming a live video of the event online.

For Canadians who want to take a look after sunset, Environment Canada is forecasting a clear night sky for those living across much southern Quebec, New Brunswick, parts of northern Ontario and the southern Prairies.


When is the next lunar eclipse?

Another partial lunar eclipse will take place on May 25, and NASA says it should be visible from most of North America, provided the night sky is clear.
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VIDEO LIVE Partial Lunar Eclipse 4/25/2013

April Full Moon names from different cultures 

April Moon Names
Leaf Moon (Kiowa).
Yellow Moon (Pima).
Flowers Moon (Pomo).
Growing Moon (Celtic).
Flower, Egg (Cherokee).
Frog Moon (Assiniboine).
(Full Janic), (Dark Janic).
Big Spring Moon (Creek).
Wildcat Moon (Choctaw).
Budding Moon (Mohawk).
Wind Breaks Moon (Hopi).
Leaf Split Moon (San Juan).
Big Leaves Moon (Apache).
Strawberry Moon (Natchez).
Ice Breaking Moon (Arapaho).
Geese Return Moon (Dakota).
Indian Corn Moon (Algonquin).
Green Grass moon (Sioux).
Geese Egg Moon (Cheyenne).
Sugar Maker Moon (Abernaki).
Awakening Moon (Neo Pagan).
Seed Moon (Medieval English).
Spring Moon (Passamaquoddy).
Corn Planting Moon (Winnebago).
Planter√Ęs Moon (Colonial American).
Ashes Moon (Taos Native American).
Broken Snow Shoe Moon (Anishnaabe).
Big Spring Moon, Gray Goose Moon (Cree).
Other Names : Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Planter√Ęs Moon, Pink Moon, Fish Moon. 


VIDEO Gray Goose Moon (Cree)

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