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Pink Full Moon Expected on Thursday in Europe, Asia and Africa

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This Thursday, some people will be able to see a pink full moon, but because of the moon's trajectory, only those in Africa, Asia and Europe will be able to see it.

The pink moon coincides with a lunar eclipse. 

But don't take the term "pink" literally. They only call it that because it happens every April, when the herb moss pink or wild ground phlox starts blooming. It has also been referred to as the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Full Fish Moon.

"Beginning at 2:04 p.m. EDT, the moon begins to meet the Earth's shadow; a little over two hours later it arrives under the middle of that shadow. By then the moon will have just risen and will be visible low to the east-southeast horizon as seen from Ireland and will be setting over south-central Japan in the morning hours of Friday, April 26," according to Space.com.

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Some people will see the moon as red or ashen gray, depending on the Earth's atmosphere at the time.

"The other factor is the state of Earth's atmosphere along the sunrise-sunset line. If the air is very clear, the eclipse is bright. But if a major volcanic eruption has polluted the stratosphere with thin haze, the eclipse will be dark red, ashen gray or blood-black."

Though researchers say North American and Canadian residents won't be able to see the pink full moon, there have been times when it has been visible from US shores. 

After all is said and done, the lunar eclipse is expected to be "underwhelming" for those who can see it. 

For those in America who want to attempt seeing it, it is best to look out into the sky around 4 p.m. EDT.

Sources: Space, IB Times