The Night Sky, Nick Drake and A Super “Pink Moon”

We may be living through the rigours of a global pandemic, but the moon knows nothing about it, and we are about to witness a Super Pink Moon on Tuesday night – Super because it’s at that point in its elliptical orbit when it comes nearest to Earth, so looks larger than usual. I’ve written about the Pink Moon before so time to revisit that post and the song of the same name I think. Looking up at the sky tonight, it’s easy to forget that all is not as it should be in the world right now, but even in lockdown, we should still be able to enjoy this celestial spectacle on Tuesday night.

What's It All About?

Since discovering that all full moons have a name (given to them by the Native Americans who kept track of the months by the lunar calendar), I have written about each one as they appear in our skies. To accompany the post I always include one of the numerous songs that have been written about the moon and its many foibles.

It passes in a flash doesn’t it? Ever since following the full moon cycle for this blog, the lunar months seem to have rocketed by. This calendar month, on the 30th April, we are to have a Pink Moon appear in our skies. This time the name comes from one of the spring flowers the ancient Native Americans would have seen covering the ground around April’s full moon – The pink Moss Phlox.

Well I can’t say I have such a flower in my garden, but I can…

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Author: Alyson

Whenever I hear an old song on the radio, I am immediately transported back to those days - I know I'm not alone here and want to record those memories for myself and for the people in them. 50 years ago the song "Alfie" was written by my favourite songwriting team Bacharach and David - The opening line to that song was "What's it all about?" and I'm hoping that by writing this blog, I might find the answer to that question.

10 thoughts on “The Night Sky, Nick Drake and A Super “Pink Moon””

  1. Ah, thanks for the heads up about this Super Pink Moon. I’ll be looking out for it – clear skies here these last couple of days so hopefully Weds will allow a good view, it’ll really help put things in perspective – ever serene and stable, it’s always just our lovely, straightforward moon. You’re so right about how these things can help us forget other problems.

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    1. Just looked out the back door and the clouds parted giving me a great view of the Super Pink Moon. Makes you forget about what’s going on in the world. Will be there for a couple of nights to come so will keep looking out for it or even better, maybe have a nighttime walk (if that’s allowed).

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      1. For some reason I read Tuesday as Wednesday, d’oh! But I looked out at it last night anyway and remarked on how bright it was and with a very clear light halo which had a distinct pinky rainbow tinge to it – glad I didn’t miss it but will hopefully be able to enjoy again tonight. Beautiful.

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        1. No it wasn’t you – I changed it to Tuesday as although it was technically a full moon in the early hours of Wednesday morning, most of us would think of that as Tuesday night. It’ll be a bobby-dazzler tonight as well, weather permitting. No pink blossom on my Japanese Cherry tree yet but not far off bursting forth.

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  2. We had a clear night here in Seattle. We stepped out about 8PM and got the fire pit going in the back yard for some marshmallow roasting. Most fun the family has had in a while. Take care, Alyson.

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    1. It really is the little things at the moment that give so much pleasure – Glad you caught sight of the Pink Moon and glad the fire pit got an outing. Take care Brian and family.

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