Full Moon April 2023: The Pink Full Moon
Mark your calendars for the next April 2023 Full Moon. The next April full moon is Thursday April 6, 2023 12:34 AM EDT or 4:34 AM UTC based on the data provided by NASA. It will be the fourth full moon in 2023.
A full moon occurs when the Earth is directly between the Sun and Moon so that the moon looks completely illuminated when you look at it. It happens about once a month or, 29.53 days on average.
Ready to dive a little deeper into the April 2023 Full Moon? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts
The dates and times provided by NASA in United States Eastern Time (ET) account for both Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for part of the year in the United States. Also below is the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time. This was previously referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Since your local time zone may be different, the exact dates may shift slightly for your calendar.
When is the full moon in April 2023?
The full moon in April will be on Thursday April 6, 2023 12:34 AM EDT or 4:34 AM UTC. The April 6th full moon will be the fourth full moon of 2023 and the full moon in Libra.
What is the name of the April 2023 Full Moon?
The April full moon is commonly referred to as the Pink Moon. The name comes from a pink herb moss that would flower that was widespread at that time of year.
As with the moons in other months, there are additional nicknames for April’s full moon. They include:
- Egg Moon,
- Full Sprouting Grass Moon,
- Full Fish Moon (generally among the coastal indigenous tribes)
They all have a common tie to the spring season as new flowers start to bloom and the fish begin to spawn.
Which season includes the April Full Moon?
In 2023, the April Full Moon will be the first full moon of the Spring 2023 season. It will be the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox in 2023.
The Vernal or Spring equinox marks the beginning of astronomical spring and the end of astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
In 2023, the Vernal Equinox will be Monday March 20, 2023 5:25 PM EDT or 9:25 PM UTC.
When is the new moon for the 2023 Full Pink Moon?
The lunar cycle for the April Full Moon will begin with its new moon in March 2023. The New Pink Moon will be on Tuesday March 21, 2023 1:23 PM EDT or 5:23 PM UTC and will be in the new moon in Aries.
The new moon that will occur in April 2023 will be the start of the lunar cycle of the May full moon.
Will there be a full supermoon in April 2023?
No, the full moon in April 2023 will not be a full supermoon as it will be more than 360,000 kilometers away during the peak of the full moon. The year will have 2 supermoons in August and 2 additional full supermoons depending on the definition you use.
A full supermoon is a full moon that nearly coincides with the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its orbit, called perigee. The moon has a larger-than-usual appearance when you look at it. There isn’t an official definition for how close the moon needs to be to the earth to be considered a supermoon. For the purposes of this site, we’ll follow the Timeanddate.com definition using moons less than 360,000 kilometers from the Earth.
Will there be a lunar eclipse during the April Full Moon?
No there will not be a lunar eclipse during the full moon in April 2023. In the future, there will be an eclipse during the first full moon of the year.
In 2023 there will be two lunar eclipses during the year. The May Full Moon will have a penumbral lunar eclipse and there will be a partial lunar eclipse during the October Full Moon.
April 2023 Moon Phases in Eastern Time and UTC
Below are the lunar phases for April 2023 including the new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter that are on the schedule for each month. The date and times are based on both the United States Eastern Time Zone and UTC, adjusted for daylight saving time.
|Lunar Phase||Eastern Date & Time (US)||UTC Date & Time|
|April Full Moon||April 6, 2023 12:34 AM EDT||April 6, 2023 4:34 AM UTC|
|April Last Quarter||April 13, 2023 5:11 AM EDT||April 13, 2023 9:11 AM UTC|
|April New Moon||April 20, 2023 12:12 AM EDT||April 20, 2023 4:12 AM UTC|
|April First Quarter||April 27, 2023 5:20 PM EDT||April 27, 2023 9:20 PM UTC|
Future April Full Moons
Wondering about April in the future and when the full moons will occur? Here’s a list for the next few years.
|Year||Day of the week||Future April Full Moons|
|2023||Thursday||April 6, 2023 12:34 AM EDT|
|2024||Tuesday||April 23, 2024 7:49 PM EDT|
|2025||Saturday||April 12, 2025 8:22 PM EDT|
|2026||Wednesday||April 1, 2026 10:12 PM EDT|
|2027||Tuesday||April 20, 2027 6:27 PM EDT|
|2028||Sunday||April 9, 2028 6:27 AM EDT|
|2029||Saturday||April 28, 2029 6:37 AM EDT|
Past Full Moons in April
And what about the past? Here is when the full moon occurred in the past for April.
|Year||Day of the week||Past April Full Moons|
|2022||Saturday||April 16, 2022 2:55 PM EDT|
|2021||Monday||April 26, 2021 11:31 PM EDT|
|2020||Tuesday||April 7, 2020 10:35 PM EDT|
|2019||Friday||April 19, 2019 7:12 AM EDT|
|2018||Sunday||April 29, 2018 8:58 PM EDT|
|2017||Tuesday||April 11, 2017 2:08 AM EDT|
Frequently Asked Questions
Have additional questions about the April Full Moons? Here are a few of the frequently asked questions to help you.
In 2023, there will be one full moon in April. The April Full Moon will be on Thursday April 6, 2023 12:34 AM EDT or 4:34 AM UTC. There are other years with 2 full moons, with the second called a blue moon, but not for 2023.
Future Full Moon Calendars
And if you’re looking for when the full moon occurs for the rest of the year, or the full year calendars in the future, here’s the next few years for you.
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