Gorgeous 'Pink Moon' Will Light Up Sky Tomorrow And Here's Best Time To Look Up

Helen Sotiriadis

OK, everyone. It's time to set your alarm clocks and schedule a quick nap because tonight's about to get lit (literally).

The Pink Moon is scheduled to light up the sky early tomorrow, April 11, and its breathtaking glow is totally worth waking up for in the middle of the night.


Trust me, I know interrupted sleep is the worst... but you're not going to want to miss this.

Before you hunker down and set every alarm you own for the Pink Moon's big debut, you should probably know a tiny bit more about the phenomenon.

Based off the moon's name, it's easy to assume you're going to see a gigantic, pink, bubble-gum sphere floating in the middle of the night sky.

I'm here to burst your bubble and let you know the "Pink Moon" isn't actually pink.

Don't get too bummed out yet, though.

It's still a full moon and it's still totally worth admiring. Plus, if you're into crystal healing, you can leave your crystals outside for a moonbath.

Anyway, this particular full moon was named the "Pink Moon" after pink flowers called wild ground phlox (moss pink herbs) that grow rapidly in the springtime.

Native Americans gave it the name and often used full moons to keep track of time throughout the year.

Other names for the "Pink Moon" in other parts of the world include Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon.

So, sadly, the moon won't be pink. It'll probably look something like this:


Just because it's not pink doesn't mean it doesn't deserve your praise, though.

In fact, the Pink Moon is super special and marks important celebrations and holidays throughout the world, such as Easter and the spring equinox.

If you hope to wake up in the middle of the night to catch a glimpse of the Pink Moon, set your alarms for 2:08 am EDT (6:08 GMT).

It'll be worth it, I promise!

Citations: When is the Pink Moon in April 2017 and what is the meaning of its name? Read more: (Metro), Pink Moon 2017: What is it and will the moon actually change colour? (BBC), 2017 Full Moon Calendar (