Full Moon for May 2020

Watch for the Full Flower Supermoon—the Last of 2020!

May 4, 2020
Full Flower Moon - OFA

May’s full Moon rises on Thursday, May 7! This full Moon will be the last of the three supermoons to occur this year, so don’t miss it! Here’s everything you should know about this month’s full moon, including how it got its name, “The Full Flower Moon.”

When to See the Full Moon in May 2020

May’s full Flower Moon reaches peak illumination at 6:45 A.M. (EDT) on Thursday, May 7. It will be below the horizon at this time, so plan to venture outdoors the night before (Wednesday, May 6) or on Thursday night to get the best view of the bright full Flower Moon! Find out what time the Moon will be visible in your area with our Moonrise and Moonset Calculator.

The Final Supermoon of 2020

This year, we’ve been enjoying a series of spring supermoons, which began with March’s Worm Moon, culminated in April’s Pink Moon, and will finish with May’s Flower Moon on May 7. 

When the full Moon appears this month, it will be ever-so-slightly farther away than it was in April and March. May’s full Moon still qualifies as a supermoon, but it won’t be as bright or as big as the others in the series, technically speaking. However, the difference in distance between its orbit and April’s—about 2500 miles—is not much in the grand scale of space, so you will still see a bright, beautiful supermoon!

On average, supermoons are about 7% bigger and about 15% brighter than a typical full Moon. Learn more about supermoons here!

Moon Phases for May 2020

All dates and times are EDT. See our Moon Phase Calendar for times in your location.

Full Moon: May 7, 6:45 A.M. EDT
Last Quarter: May 14, 10:03 A.M. EDT
New Moon: May 22, 1:39 P.M. EDT
Last Quarter: May 29, 11:30 P.M. EDT

When is the next full Moon? Find out in our Full Moon Dates chart.

Why Is It Called the Full Flower Moon?

The tradition of naming Moons is rich in history. Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we have long honored the Native American Moon names and the folklore of those who came before us. We follow the full Moon names that were used during Native American and Colonial times to help track the seasons—usually from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the same areas as the Colonists. 

May’s Full Flower Moon name is not surprising. Flowers spring forth in abundance this month!

  • The Full Flower Moon was used by the Algonquins, as confirmed by Christina Ruddy of The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre in Pikwakanagan, Ontario.
  • May’s Moon was also referred to as the “Month of Flowers” by Jonathan Carver in his 1798 publication, Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America: 1766, 1767, 1768 (pp. 250-252) as likely a Sioux name. Carver stayed with the Naudowessie (Dakota/Sioux) over a period of time; his expedition covered the Great Lakes area, including Wisconsin and Minnesota areas.
  • Henry David Thoreau sparked to the Native American Moon names as well, referencing the Flower Moon and Carver when he wrote about the American Indians.

Depending on the community, May’s full Moon was also called Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon. The May full 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 2020

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

For Gardening:

  • Planting aboveground crops: 25, 26
  • Planting belowground crops: 15, 16

For Setting Eggs:

  • 4, 5, 12–14, 31

For Fishing:

  • 1–7, 22–31

See Best Days for more activities.

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!


The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac


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Eternal moon...

I have long thought that if I've lived past lives, I have stared at the same moon from different eyes, in places and times long forgotten. Such a comforting thought :) Love your articles, thank you!

The Moons pull

Like Connie on May 29, 2018 - 10:19am, I have always loved looking at the moon. When I was a little girl I would lay on the grass and let the moon "pull me". I can barely explain it in any terms that make sense but I could/can feel a subtle, visceral (sensation) of pulling (what I thought at the time, pre-5 years old). I thinking about it now, I feel it interacts with my solar plexus chakra and even as I type, I feel it. (true story) For all of our wisdom and knowledge though, we have so much yet to learn about who we really are and how we fit into the grand design. <3 THANKS too, to you for forging this path - to help bridge the past with the present & future.

The moon pulls

I too have always had an feeling that as a young person could not understand. Now I'm in my later years and get it. Could not put into words what I knew in my mind.l never spoke of it,looking ,studying, and feeling these pulls toward it.After all,I went to Catholic school and the nuns only spoke of it as something G d made,yet ,I stayed in wonder.


My grandmother was a true believer in attending to health matters according to the farmer's almanac. I will be having hip and knee surgery in the near future. When would be the best time to have it done for healing during the month of May and June. thank you.


In the summer when its hot, it's harder to heal. My dad had double knee surgery and it was hot that summer. His knees just took longer.

The Full Moon on May 29th 2018

Why does the Moon look full tonight May 30th 2018 still? I live in Sedalia Mo. 65301 and Moon is beautiful bright big and full.


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The Moon changes phases slowly, so it will appear to be full before and after its “peak fullness,” which occurred on the 29th of May.

Full Moons

I have always loved looking at the moon.When I was a little girl riding in the car,I really believed that it followed me! I have shown each grandchild the moon (and stars).My 2 year old great granddaughter loves the moon. I will be watching the moon come up tonight.

Full moon

You gave pics of full moons for most months. What about July ? Is there not a full moon ?

Almanac great site !

I love the info here, when i was just checking date for full moon, duh...and
the comments are terrific too.
thanks for continuing all the sharings you do here!

smart people never take stuff for 'granted' or as 'entitled to'...right ?

in nature's bounty and appreciation to ya alllll...


Why does it always read that the moon phases are in the AM?? Like we can see and appreciate the Full Flower Moon at 10:20 A.M. That's in the daytime....

Full Moon Times

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The time of day listed is the point in time when the Moon will be at its fullest according to the lunar cycle. Of course, in this case it will still look like a full Moon the night before and the night after.



Time of the full flower moon rise

So exactly when will this full moon be rising over Lake Michigan herebin Milwaukee WI today?? I’ve never yet been given the correct time, and Ive missed a couple moonrises because of that. Thanks!!

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.

I hear ya

Right, On !

Moon child

I love the moon too! I’m crazy about it’s beauty. I call myself a moon gazer LOL

Please, please, please-- moon

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

At your service! We now offer

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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

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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