The Full Flower Moon

Full Flower Moon

Full Flower Moon

Tonight is the third full moon after the March equinox. In North America we often call this particular full moon the Flower Moon.  It is also called the Rose Moon or Strawberry Moon. Plus the moon is at its lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth for this month. By a newly coined popular definition, that makes this May 25 full moon a supermoon.

Supermoon

Supermoon

What’s a supermoon? It’s a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.

The first “super” full moon for 2013 is coming up tonight. There are only4-6 supermoons a year on average.

There will be three supermoons in a row coming up over these next three months in 2013: May 25, June 23, July 22, with the June full moon being the most “super”.

Don’t miss out on the great planetary trio of May 2013. When three planets meet up in the same part of the sky, coming less than 5o degrees of one another, the grouping is called a planetary trio. This month’s planetary trio is the first since May 2011 and the last until October 2015.

Planetary Trio

Planetary Trio

A typical binocular field covers about 5o degrees of sky. If you have binoculars, take them along with you to see tonight’s planetary trio – the planets Mercury, Venus and Jupiter – in a single binocular field. If you don’t have binoculars, view the evening tableau anyway for these beautiful and brilliant planets should be visible to the unaided eye.

All three planets will be about 3o degrees apart as evening dusk falls on May 25, 26 and 27. That’s about the width of your thumb at an arm length. Look for all three worlds to pop out into the deepening dusk around 40 to 60 minutes after sunset. With binoculars, you can spot the close-knit group of planets all the sooner in the glow of sunset.

10 thoughts on “The Full Flower Moon

  1. I love all this info… plus the names of this moon are so lovely! thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for this.
    We are under cloud cover today, which will still hover overhead tonight, but, I did catch the moon coming up last night, with enough of its glory to leave me awestruck.

  3. lolarose0 says:

    love the moon, always.

    last night I took pictures of the full flower moon. and, a separate one of a large plane. however it came out too dark, when i tried to lighten it turned purple blue.

    love your flower moon pinks.

    great pictures!

  4. Spy Garden says:

    Nice post: love learning new info like this! I did see the moon last night but was without camera. Tonight I will be ready!

  5. Clear day, hopefully clear night and I will see and possibly photograph the flower moon. What a lovely idea!

  6. Thank you for this explanation. Beautiful images too.

  7. Rachel says:

    The past few nights doing newt surveys have been wonderful, as we have had a full, beautifully golden moon to light our way. So magical.

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