May 10th Full Moon Is Called The ‘Flower’ Moon

Skywatchers will have a fine show tonight from the May full moon, known as the Full ‘Flower’ or ‘Milk’ Moon. The moon will appear in the constellation Libra, rising at 7:49 PM. The exact moment of fullness will actually occur at 5:42 PM this afternoon. so most of us won’t be able to see that exact moment — but the moon will still loom very large in the sky over the course of the night. According to documents by the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition, the Ojibwe peoples called the May full moon a Full ‘Flower’ Moon (Waawaaskone Giizis), while the Cree named it the ‘Frog’ Moon (Athikipisim) because this was the time of year frogs became active. For shutterbugs, the full moon’s proximity to the horizon in the Northern Hemisphere will makes for some good “moon shot” photos, since it’s easier to get objects like buildings or the landscape in the shot. Doing so makes the moon look bigger, because the ground objects give it scale. Here’s one that I shot last year…

Image sources: Steve Boyton

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