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The moon won’t turn green on 4/20 after all

Maybe it’s time you took a break from smoking.

Feb 29, 2020, 8:26 am*

Internet Culture


Ziwe Fumudoh

Sometimes smoking marijuana makes you gullible to outlandish claims. And so, the latest sky-watching hoax to sweep the Web claims that the moon will turn green on the night of April 20. 

Yes, the holiest of days among stoners has been rumored to bring a cannabis-green moon. It seems awfully implausible, but apparently writers across the blogosphere believed this so much that posted a dismissal of the celestial event. 

According to, the explanation for the green moon is that “several planets are going to align, causing the moon to glow with an eerie, greenish light for about 90 minutes.” Theoretically, the moon would be 4 degrees from a green-hued Uranus, and would somehow reflect the planet’s green sheen. 

This is not science. This is not common sense. This is likely a tangent from a very persuasive pothead.

These assertions are about as true as the myth that says informants have to tell you they’re a cop if you ask. Heed my warning: Don’t trust the Web and don’t sell drugs, especially not to confident strangers wearing wires. 

For actual 2016 sky-watching occurrences, feel free to consult this list of events from

But there will be no green moon on 4/20. Now put down the bong and return to your half-eaten bowl of Lucky Charms in the adjacent room.


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*First Published: Apr 20, 2016, 12:20 am