Are you ready to see something spectacular.

Image by Claudia Tramann from Pixabay and Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay
Image by Claudia Tramann from Pixabay and Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

When To See It

Tuesday night at about 6:49, the moon will be full over Texas. It will be partly cloudy in many areas, so visibility may be a bit of a problem, but you should see the moon peak out here and there. There's one other teensy problem, sunset in Texas tomorrow night will be at 7:43, so you'll have to wait over an hour to check out the moon.

The Pink Moon

I hate to break it to you, but the "Pink Moon" is just a name and it has absolutely nothing to do with the color of the moon on Tuesday night. The term "Pink Moon" had to do with with ground phlox, otherwise known a moss pink, a flower that grows around North America. This means that in Texas, a "Pink Moon" has little significance other than the name.

Other Names

The Old Farmer's Almanac has many other names for this moon, based on how it was referred to by indigenous peoples. I have to highlight the term "Sucker Moon". This has nothing to do with people who are prone to being "sucked in" or grifted, but actually because for one tribe it was the time for sucker fish to spawn.

Tips On Moon Viewing

To have the best view of the moon, you should try to avoid the "light pollution" of a city as much as possible. NASA also recommends binoculars with a minimum magnification of 7. If you use a telescope you'll actually be able to make out cracks, craters, and even mountains.

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