Have you ever taken a moment to view the full moon over the water? Island Water Sports has the perfect opportunity on our April Full Moon SUP Tour. The April moon will reach it’s fullest next Monday night and we are hoping you might get on board to watch it with us! April is the only month during the year to view the phenomenal Pink Moon. But, do not expect the moon to actually be pink….unless you plan on wearing rose colored glasses. Read more and we will give you the run down on why this moon is so special!

Last month, we discussed how people of different cultures would name the full moons as a way to track time. This month, the Old Farmer’s Almanac, refers to April’s moon as a Pink Moon. This moon actually gets this name from a pink flower called wild ground phlox which blooms across the US and Canada this time of year. The pink moon signals the ultimate welcome to spring. The pink moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon.

The April full moon also marks the beginning of spring and a time for many festivals and holidays around the world. In India a festival called Hanuman Jayanti takes place as the Hindus celebrate the birth of Hanuman. In the Jewish culture the April full moon marks the beginning of Passover. For Christians the celebration of Easter takes place the first Sunday following the full moon. For example, this year Easter falls on April 16… a week after the full moon.

So, what is a moon phase anyway?

A full moon occurs every 29.5 days. This is when the side of the moon that faces the Earth is fully illuminated. The exact timing of this depends on where the moon is in its orbit around the Earth. Because of this,  a true “full moon” doesn’t always occur at night for viewers in who are in different locations throughout the world. You can find out exact times for the moons in your area at this link.

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Moon Phases for Deerfield Beach, Florida, Apr 3, 2017 – Apr 26, 2017

First Quarter Full Moon Third Quarter New Moon
April 3

2:39 pm
April 11

2:08 am
April 19

5:56 am
April 26

8:16 am

Different phases of the moon occur because we see it from different perspectives as the moon revolves around the Earth. For example, when the moon is 90 degrees to the left or right of the line connecting the Earth and sun, we will see the moon as half-illuminated. However, this is called a “half-illuminated” moon is actually called a quarter moon, but it’s a quarter of the way around its orbit. Confusing? Just a bit.

Pink Moon

See the moon phases, and the difference between a waxing and waning crescent or gibbous moon, in this Space.com infographic about the lunar cycle each month. See the full infographic. Credit: Karl Tate, SPACE.com

For observers the moon appears to move quickly across the night sky. A viewer may see it move east about half a degree (or one moon diameter) per hour. During the course of a night the moon can move 6 degrees or more. [How to Measure Distances in the Night Sky]

Through a telescope

If you can’t get out on the water with us, consider grabbing a telescope. A simple telescope may be your best bet. According to, Space.com, “With a small telescope or binoculars you can see more details, but the full moon is so bright that a filter is needed to help bring them out. In fact, if looking with a larger telescope, it’s sometimes harder to see details of the terrain because there are few shadows during the full moon.” When the moon is full seeing the moon’s details are much easier to the naked eye. Sometimes viewers can see the large, dark areas that were created by impacts that  penetrated the moon’s crust.

At Island Water Sports we give you the best way to see the full moon each month!

pink moonOur SUP instructors lead a group around Deerfield Island for a magical night on the water. Those who attend this monthly tour paddle into the sunset then enjoy the unique experience or paddling along the beautiful South Florida waterways while the full moon rises. It is an experience like no other for those who attend. Our tours fill up quickly. So sign up today!

If you capture an amazing photo of the Pink Moon and want to share it please tag us at @islandwatersports