Learn more about the Full Moon for May 2017. Why is it called the Full Flower Moon? When is the best time to see the Full Moon? Here are Moon facts and folklore from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Iin 2017, the Full Flower Moon will light up the skies on Wednesday, May 10, at 5:42 P.M. EDT. At this time, the Sun, Earth, and Moon align.
This year, the Moon is actually below the horizon at this exact time it becomes full—because the Moon doesn’t rise until nearly 8 P.M. East Coast time (and even earlier for the rest of North America). However, the Moon will still appear full to the naked eye all night.
Moon Phase Dates and Times for May 2017
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your location.
||First Quarter: May 2, 10:47 P.M.|
||Full Moon: May 10, 5:42 P.M.|
||Last Quarter: May 18, 8:33 P.M.|
||New Moon: May 25, 3:44 P.M.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
Full Flower Moon Name
Why is it called the Full Flower Moon? This tradition of naming Moons is rich in history.
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.
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 2017
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in May.
- Aboveground crops: 1, 27, 28
- Belowground crops: 19, 20
For Setting Eggs:
- 6, 7, 15–17
- 1–10, 25–31
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.
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