When you can see the pink moon over Dorset this weekend

Pink moon could be seen on Saturday night
Pink moon could be seen on Saturday night

A pink moon in the night skies is set to delight stargazers in the UK tonight.

Despite its name, you may not necessarily notice any colour difference to the full moon.

The pink moon name is a northern Native American reference to an early-blooming wildflower, which starts to pop up in the US and Canada at the beginning of spring.

The moon is set to reach it's peak around 7.55pm - with the skies looking clear for a stunning view tonight.

However, if you miss it tonight, don't worry as the moon will appear full for a few more nights.

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The Lyrids meteor shower could also be spied next week.

Experts say the predicted peak will be on April 22 in the northern hemisphere.

Meteor showers, or shooting stars, are caused when pieces of debris, known as meteorites, enter Earth’s atmosphere at speeds of around 43 miles per second, burning up and causing streaks of light.

The Lyrids takes its name from the constellation of Lyra the Harp, where the shooting stars appear to originate from.

These meteors are pieces of debris falling from the Thatcher Comet, which is expected to return to the inner solar system in 2276, after an orbital period of 415 years.

According to astronomers, the best way to see meteor showers is to be as far away from artificial lights as possible.