来源：沪江听写酷 2011-09-01 06:00
Thursday, April 9, 2009.
The April full moon will be out all night tonight, lighting up the nighttime from dusk till dawn.
Watch for the moon low in the east at dusk – at its highest point in the sky around midnight – and low in the west before the sun comes up tomorrow.
[---1---] We in this hemisphere call it the Pink Moon, to celebrate the return of certain wild flowers. Other names Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon or Easter Moon. [---2---] So tonight's Easter Moon heralds the coming of Easter Sunday.
For the southern hemisphere, this is the first full moon of autumn. It's the southern hemisphere's Hunter's Moon – which follows the Harvest Moon – the closest full moon to the autumn equinox – a March event for the southern hemisphere. The Harvest and Hunter's Moons are characterized by their rising times. [---3---] [---4---]
Tonight's full moon shines near the star Spica, the brightest light in the constellation Virgo. [---5---]
I'm Joel Block and I'm Deborah Byre from E&S, a clear voice for science.
For the northern hemisphere, this is the first full moon of springtime. The Christian celebration of Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon of the northern hemisphere spring. They rise soon after sunset for several nights in a row. Watch for them if you're in that part of the world. The first full moon to follow the March equinox faithfully shines in front of Virgo, the harvest goddess, to signal the change of seasons.