You can still see the Pink Moon tonight

USA TODAY - If staying up into the wee hours of the morning to see the Pink Moon wasn't appealing to you, there's still a chance to see the moon tonight.

The Pink Moon, which isn't actually pink, reached full peak at 2:08 a.m. ET Tuesday and will be visible to stargazers until April 12.

While many may be hoping to see a light pink moon, the first full moon in April is called a "pink moon" because it's when a spring flower called moss pink or phlox typically blooms, according to the Farmer's Almanac, reported. According to, the name likely comes from a Native American tradition. In addition to the Pink Moon, the first full moon in April is also called the Egg Moon, Fish Moon and Sprouting Grass Moon, reported.

On social media, many posted pictures of the not-so-pink Pink Moon.

"The #PinkMoon looks epic tonight on the eve before Passover," Twitter user @robbiekane74 said. "A very spiritual feel out there as Easter approaches! #MotherNature at her best."

WFMY Meteorologist @TimBuckleyWX tweeted that the Pink Moon "won't look pink without Photoshop."

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