Nature As Neighbors - April Star Showers and a Pink Moon

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

We love living in the country, as the dark skies make for more interesting star gazing. This month's sky watching activity includes falling stars and a pink moon. On April 22 and 23, the Lyrid shower will peak with nearly 18 meteors an hour, and since they leave persistent trains, it makes them especially fun to track. The Eta Aquarids is actually a May event, but it begins in April and it's possible a clear night will allow star gazers to see activity from both showers beginning on April 22. 

April's full moon, also known as the Pink moon, isn't pink at all. According to the Farmer's Almanac,  it's coined the Pink Moon because it heralds the arrival of moss pink, or wild ground phlox - one of the first spring flowers. The moon is also called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon. 

The Full Moon Names used in the Almanac and elsewhere, come from Algonquin tribes who lived in regions from New England to Lake Superior. Colonial Americans adopted some of the Native American names and applied them to their own calendar system. Since the Gregorian calendar that many in North American use today, the nicknames are still celebrated.  Here's the full list of lunar names. 

Month Name Description
January Full Wolf Moon This full Moon appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next full Moon, in February.
February Full Snow Moon Usually the heaviest snows fall in February. Hunting becomes very difficult, and hence to some Native American tribes this was the Hunger Moon.
March Full Worm Moon At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.
April Full Pink Moon This full Moon heralded the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.
May Full Flower Moon Flowers spring forth in abundance this month. Some Algonquin tribes knew this full Moon as the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.
June Full Strawberry Moon The Algonquin tribes knew this Moon as a time to gather ripening strawberries. It is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon.
July Full Buck Moon Bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.
August Full Sturgeon Moon Some Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Others called it the Green Corn Moon.
September Full Corn Moon This full Moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox, which can occur in September or October and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores.
October Full Hunter’s Moon This is the month when the leaves are falling and the game is fattened. Now is the time for hunting and laying in a store of provisions for the long winter ahead. October’s Moon is also known as the Travel Moon and the Dying Moon.
November Full Beaver Moon For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full Moon was also called the Frost Moon.
December Full Cold Moon This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes.
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb & Bernie - Thanks for an interesting read about the different names for full moons. I always try to watch meteor showers - there is little light pollution where we live, but sometimes it gets pretty cold.

Apr 04, 2017 01:51 PM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, have never thought of the moon being pink, but love your photo.   Will need to get out after dark and check out the moon.

Apr 05, 2017 05:23 AM #8
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb and Bernie, such an interesting post and I didn't know there were so many different names for full moons. Your photo is beautiful, I'm always amazed at how inviting your area is. What a wonderful place to call home. 

Apr 05, 2017 06:04 AM #9
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debb and Bernie --- the "pink moon" is new(and news) to me.  Thank you for the information and the beautifully "framed" photo too.  You never know what you will learn when you step into the 'Rain.  

Apr 05, 2017 07:05 AM #10
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Debb, a nod to the Native tribes and their wondrous histories just allowed me to learn yet another new bit of their history thanks to your beautifully written post. I have been drawn to their approach to life and nature for many many years. Reading why certain names were given to each moon cycle is fascinating. 

 Who shot this? I saw a set of initials on the bottom right. Lovely!

Apr 05, 2017 09:11 AM #11
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It's truly amazing have nature as a neighbor.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 05, 2017 08:08 PM #12
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb & Bernie I loved the picture and I had no idea that there is/was a Pink Moon, the history lesson of the various moons is very helpful... I should bookmark for future reference, Endre

Apr 05, 2017 11:15 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this very interesting information.

I hope you are enjoying a most productive week.

Apr 06, 2017 05:30 AM #14
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Love your photo and your explanantion of the moon and the listing of the different names. Being just outside Philadelphia we get a lot of light pollution, but i will keep my eyes open for meteors later this month.

Apr 06, 2017 08:24 AM #15
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Debb and Bernie. I had never heard of a pink moon. Your photo is gorgeous and the information good.

Apr 07, 2017 07:28 AM #16
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks all, and Roy for reblogging this post. It's getting some new action. ;)

Apr 07, 2017 09:08 AM #17
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I have come over from the re-post of  Roy Kelley.  I enjoyed your list and descriptions of the Full Moons.  Enjoyed reading about the Pink  Moon, also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon ....Egg Moon....Fish Moon. I am a professional astrologer for 'many moons' now and of course, liked your post!

Apr 07, 2017 11:27 PM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                           Thank you Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Apr 08, 2017 05:43 PM #19
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Hello Deb and Bernie. Interesting facts about the moon. Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Apr 09, 2017 05:19 AM #20
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. What an enchanting photo and your explanation of the moon and the listing of the different names, all interesting information.

Apr 09, 2017 07:08 AM #21
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a fun and interesting post about moons, Debb and Bernie! And with a beautiful photo to accompany it.


Apr 09, 2017 07:33 AM #22
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Wow.  Love the moon names and the research you did for this post.  I had no idea

Apr 09, 2017 09:34 AM #23
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

So glad Kathy shared interesting! It's all news to me!

Apr 09, 2017 11:39 AM #24
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

And then there is the more rare Blue Moon, meaning the second full moon in the same month. 


Apr 09, 2017 12:06 PM #25
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Debb and Bernie -  very good information for us.  I will try to watch for the nextr meteor shower.

Apr 09, 2017 03:32 PM #26
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