New York City Sees a Stunning Scarlet Lunar Display
APRIL 27, 2013James Daniel, Daily MailThose looking eastwards at the skyline from New Jersey last night were treated to a 'pink moon' rising in between the buildings.
Traditionally, the April full moon is known as "the Pink Moon," supposedly as a tribute to the Grass Pink Orchids or Wild Ground Phlox, considered one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring.
The moon is particularly colourful as it is rising or setting for the same reason that sunrise and sunsets are red and orange.
When the moon is near the horizon, the moonlight must pass through much more atmosphere than when the moon is directly overhead.
The moon appears to glow red as the reflected light from the sun is scattered and refracted by thick layers of atmosphere.
By the time the moonlight reaches our eyes, the blue, green, and purple pieces of visible light have been scattered away by air molecules.
That's why you only see yellow, orange, or red.Read more: Daily Mail