Pink moon rises this week in April

April's full moon, also known as the pink moon, won't actually appear pink.

It can be seen starting Wednesday night, peaking early Thursday morning at 12:34 a.m. ET.

Full moons are visible up to 12 hours before and after their peak in both hemispheres.

Optimal viewing requires minimal light pollution and a clear view of the sky.

Venus and Mars may also be visible in the night sky close to the moon.

NASA's Artemis lunar program is preparing to send astronauts back to the moon and conduct robotic missions.

The pink moon is named after a hot pink wildflower called Phlox subulata.

Other names for this moon include the budding moon, flower moon, and moon of the big leaves.

It is the first full moon of spring, known as the Paschal full moon, which is significant for those who celebrate Easter.

The pink moon is associated with the blooming of flowers and trees in spring.