This May, we’ll have the Flower Moon. What is the meaning behind this name, and when is the best time to observe the Full Moon this May? Let’s find out.
What is a Flower Moon?
“Flower Moon” is one of the most popular names for the May Full Moon. Why is it called so? The answer is easy to guess: for the Northern Hemisphere, May is a blooming season for many flowers. Delighted by the beauty of the blossoming nature, the Native Americans named a Full Moon after it. If you look through all the Full Moon names, you’ll see that they are somehow connected to the features of nature typical for a particular month. Сheck out our colorful infographic and see for yourself!
The Full Moon in May 2022 is also called the Blood Moon, as it will undergo a lunar eclipse, which will make it look red. We’ll tell you more about this later.
May Full Moon alternative names
People in different parts of the world used to make up various names for the May Full Moon. Let’s take a look at some of them:
- Chinese: Dragon Moon;
- Celtic: Bright Moon;
- Wiccan: Hare Moon;
- Cherokee: Planting Moon;
- Southern Hemisphere: Beaver Moon, Frost Moon.
When is the Full Moon in May 2022?
On May 16, 2022, at 04:14 GMT, the Moon will reach its full phase; at that point, it will be in the constellation Libra. You don’t have to strictly follow the timing to enjoy the beauty: to the naked eye, the Full Moon will look perfectly round the day before and after. There is plenty of time to watch it wherever the sky is clear.
Flower Moon and May lunar eclipse 2022
The lunar eclipse of May 16, 2022, is much more demanding on timing and location. It will last from 01:33 GMT to 06:51 GMT. The regions where the Moon is visible will see the Blood Moon — our natural satellite obscured by the Earth’s shadow, looking reddish and darkened. At 04:11 GMT, the maximum phase will occur.
We’ve made a 2022 lunar eclipse guide for you — find an entire eclipse timeline, best watching spots, and observing tips in one article. Also, check our new infographic to learn all you need to know about the upcoming solar and lunar eclipses.
When is the next Full Moon?
On June 14, 2022, we’ll see the next Full Moon called Super Strawberry Moon. To find out why it is called that, read our new article which will be released shortly before the event. Stay tuned for notifications in the Sky Tonight app and follow us on social media, so you won’t miss it!
We wish you clear skies and happy stargazing!