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While residents of islands and nations in the Western Pacific looked up in the early morning hours of March 9 to observe a total eclipse of the sun, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission looked down from space and captured the large
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While residents of islands and nations in the Western Pacific looked up in the early morning hours of March 9 to observe a total eclipse of the sun, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission looked down from space and captured the large

Look skyward tonight and early Friday morning if the cloud cover is not too dense for a heavenly event called either the full pink moon or the micro-moon.

Every year has a closest full moon to the earth and the full moon that is farthest away from the planet.

The full moon that appears on the night of April 21-22 in the Americas is the smallest full moon of the year. According to the EarthSky website it lies about 30,000 miles farther away from earth than the full moon supermoon, which will rise in the sky Nov. 14.

It is sometimes referred to as the micro-moon or the mini-moon.

The full moon this time of year is also called the full pink moon. The name does not come from the color of the moon – the moon will still appear white.

The lunar name comes courtesy of the Algonquin tribe and New England colonists, according to The Old Farmers Almanac. In April, around the time of the full moon, a spring flower called moss pink, also known as wild ground phlox, blooms in profusion.

American Indians, who observed the seasons and lunar months to track the passage of the year instead of a calendar, passed the term Full Pink moon onto the early European settlers.

No matter what the moon is called, it may be obscured by clouds in the Sacramento region. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast beginning Thursday night, by the National Weather Service.

Learn how February's full moon came to be known as the "Full Snow Moon" among Native American tribes.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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