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Spring's First Full Moon Rises Over New York City Skyline (PHOTOS)

Posted: 04/ 8/2012 1:18 pm

A full moon provided an astonishing backdrop to the New York City skyline Friday night, as photographers captured images of the city from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, N.J.

April 6 marked the first full moon of the spring season in the Northern hemisphere, according to Space.com. The moon reached its full point at 3:19 p.m. EDT.

The first full moon of spring, also known as the Pink Moon or the Paschal Full Moon, symbolizes growth and sets the date for Easter.

The Christian holiday is celebrated on the Sunday after the full moon makes its appearance, Space.com reports. This year, Easter falls on Sunday, April 8.

Friday's full moon was shining near the star Spica and the planet Saturn, according to Earth and Sky.

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A full moon rises behind the Empire State Building in New York in this view from Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, N.J., on Friday, April 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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