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May 2022 Full Flower Moon: When to See the Moon Light Up the Sky


The moon will peak at 12:15 a.m. ET on Monday, May 16, so it will appear at its roundest on the evening of May 15, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The moonflower is named after flowers that bloom this time of year in the northern hemisphere, The Old Farmer’s Almanac said.

The lunar event is also known as the corn planting full moon because May marks the end of the winter freeze, allowing farmers to plant their seeds.

The Abernaki people of Maine also refer to the planting season by calling this full moon the Fieldmakers’ Moon, according to Western Washington University. According to the university, the Winnebago people of the Great Lakes region refer to it as “the binned corn moon.”
Vesak, a holy day for Buddhists, corresponds to the full moon in May, according to the United Nations. Gautama Buddha’s birth, when he attained enlightenment and his death all took place on the days of Vesak, according to the organization.
Stargazers will be thrilled as the moonflower turns a scarlet color during the total lunar eclipse that is happening at the same time. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are on opposite sides of Earth, causing only a small amount of sunlight to reach the moon, according to NASA.

Most of the United States will have clear skies on the evening of May 15 and the morning after, CNN meteorologist Monica Garrett said.

“The exception will be in the northeast where rain will move in, keeping the sky cloudy,” she said.

There will also be scattered showers over coastal areas of Washington and Oregon, and clouds in the Northern Rockies, Garrett said.

There will be seven more full moons in 2022, according to The Old Farmers’ Almanac:

• June 14: Strawberry Moon

• July 13: Buck moon

• August 11: Sturgeon Moon

• September 10: Harvest Moon

• October 9: Hunter’s Moon

• November 8: Beaver Moon

• December 7: Cold Moon

Although these are the popularized names associated with the monthly full moons, the meaning of each can vary among Native American tribes.

Lunar and solar eclipses

There will be another total lunar eclipse and partial solar eclipse in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun but blocks only part of its light. Be sure to wear appropriate eclipse glasses to safely view solar eclipses, as sunlight can damage the eyes.

A partial solar eclipse on October 25 will be visible to those in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northeast Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, India, and western China. None of the partial solar eclipses will be visible from North America.

A total lunar eclipse will also be on display for those in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America on Nov. 8 between 3:01 a.m. ET and 8:58 a.m. ET — but the moon will will lie for those in eastern parts of North America.

meteor showers

Check out the 11 remaining showers that will peak in 2022:

• South Delta Aquariids: July 29 to 30

• Alpha Capricornides: July 30 to 31

• Perseids: from August 11 to 12

• Orionids: from October 20 to 21

• Southern Taurids: November 4-5

• Northern Taurids: November 11-12

• Leonids: from 17 to 18 November

• Geminids: from December 13 to 14

• Ursids: from December 21 to 22

If you live in an urban area, you might want to drive to a place that isn’t littered with city lights to get the best view.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look up. And give your eyes about 20-30 minutes – without looking at your phone or other electronics – to adjust to the darkness so the meteors are easier to spot.


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