Full Moon for May 2016

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Find the Full Moon for May 2016 dates—plus, Moon phases, best days by the Moon, folklore, and more. 

Full Blue Moon Show

This past weekend, The Old Farmer’s Almanac and Slooh presented live footage of the Full Moon through Slooh’s Canary Islands Observatory. Watch below!

Slooh Host, Paul Cox, and Slooh Astronomer, and Astronomy Editor for The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Bob Berman, are joined by Janice Stillman, Editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. They discuss what exactly a Blue Moon is, how this particular Full Moon got the name “Full Flower Moon,” and even how the placement of the Moon was once a key piece of evidence in a murder trial.

Watch show below.

You can go to Slooh.com to join and watch live broadcasts, snap and share your own photos during events, chat with audience members and interact with the hosts, and personally control Slooh’s telescopes.

Full Moon Names

We use Full Moon names that were used during Native American and Colonial times to help track the seasons. Depending on the tribe, May’s Full Moon was called the Full Flower Moon as well as Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon. The May Moon marked a time of increasing fertility with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom.

Learn more about Full Moon names and their meanings.

If you’re a mobile reader: Have the Moon phase dates at your fingertips. Download our Full Moon Finder.

Moon Phases for May 2016

All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your city/state.

 
New Moon: May 6, 3:29 P.M.
 
First Quarter: May 13, 1:02 P.M.
 
Full Moon: May 21, 5:14 P.M.
 
Last Quarter: May 29, 8:12 A.M.

For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.

Full Flower Moon Video

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some Moon facts.  Click below to watch the video and learn about May’s Full Flower Moon.

Best Days in May 2016

Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in May.

For Planting:

  • Aboveground crops: 19–21
  • Belowground crops: 1–3, 29, 30

For Setting Eggs:

  • 16, 17, 25–27

For Fishing:

  • 6–21

See Best Days for more activities.

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Full Moon Folklore

  • Clothes washed for the first time in the Full Moon will not last long.
  • The Full Moon is an ideal time to accept a proposal of marriage.

Share your thoughts about the Moon below!

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Full Flower Moon

When is the best ime to plant flowers during the Full Flower Moon period?

Full Moon

Parasites greatly multiply during full moon also. Cut down or omit on sugar during at that time.

Why does women go crazy on a

Why does women go crazy on a full or new moon?

The greatest lesson that I

The greatest lesson that I have learned so far is that every single human is at one time or another, crazy. Like my brother who is 33 and still getting arrested for trespassing, drinks tons of pop and smokes too many cigarettes.

Why DO women go crazy on a full or new moon?

Because women are more sensitive to the vibrations emitted by all the planets, and when the moon goes to full, it's like the universe has turned on a gigantic light bulb. It is, however, a great time to ask for whatever you want to manifest in your life. Just face the Old Man in the Moon, and ask. I've done it. It works! Because, we all know God is there...

I am getting married on May

I am getting married on May 21st, 2016. Full moon - Full Flower moon- lots of abundance to bring forth, a time to be creative and bring forth our new life <3

I've always loved the moon

I've always loved the moon and stars. God created this beautiful magnificent world and I thank him for it.

Please, please, please-- moon

Please, please, please-- moon finder app for Droid???

At your service! We now offer

At your service! We now offer the Full Moon Finder app for android. Scroll to the bottom of this page: http://www.almanac.com/apps

I've always heard that it's

I've always heard that it's best to have surgery during the "light of the moon." Never really understood exactly what that means.

The light of the Moon if from

The light of the Moon if from the date of the new Moon to the date of the full Moon; the dark of the Moon if from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.

well i love almanac cause it

well i love almanac cause it keep me update wit the best days for fishing

i love almanac but have you

i love almanac but have you planted when its not ok to see any difference?

I've always planted by the

I've always planted by the almanac and it really does work.

Does it make much difference

Does it make much difference if you plant above ground, the day BEFORE the new moon?

The May full moon, which is

The May full moon, which is in the sign of Scorpio, is the best time to harvest any medicinal herbs/plants because they are at their fullest potency. I usually go out to the woods to harvest my nettles for the year, then (wearing gloves & long sleeves) I strip the leaves and set them in baskets to dry.

I thought scorpio was in

I thought scorpio was in November?

Oh I get it, scorpio is just

Oh I get it, scorpio is just showing in the sky tonight, right? Whoops.

The SUN is in Scorpio in

The SUN is in Scorpio in November. Therefore, the new moon in November is in Scorpio, and the FULL Scorpio moon is at the opposite end of the calendar, in May.

The constellation Scorpio is visible now because when the sun in it (in November) it will of course be invisible.

That is awesome.

That is awesome.

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