The ‘Pink Moon' makes an appearance this week but don't expect a rose-colored moon

Posted at 9:17 PM, Apr 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-10 23:17:45-04

DENVER – Look to the sky Monday night and Tuesday morning and you’ll catch a glimpse of the ‘Pink Moon.’

Its name is a little deceiving; the ‘Pink Moon’ isn’t actually pink. April’s full moon gets its name because it generally coincides with the blooming of phlox subulata, a flowering plant that’s also known as moss pink.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the moon is also called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon.

This year’s Pink Moon comes at about the same time that Jupiter is at its closest and brightest point of the year. Jupiter officially hit its peak brightness on April 7, but it’s still extra bright and visible near the moon.

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